Rescue one and Rescue two are now on duty as part of the Naperville Fire Department’s new procedure in responding to non-emergency calls. The repurposed pickup truck and SUV are the first units in the newly implemented Rescue Vehicle Program.
“We’re always looking for ways to be more efficient and use the dollars that are allocated towards fire prevention and fire safety in a way that can promote efficiency throughout the fire department. One way to do that is to respond in as minimal units as we can, but yet maintain the coverage for all respective stations, and the Rescue Vehicle Program allows us to do just that,” explained Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis.
Unlike traditional fire trucks, which need at least three firefighters, these only need one person to get the job done. Using the smaller vehicles helps save money, reduces traffic congestion when responding to a call and keeps the large fire trucks free for a fire emergency.
The Naperville Fire Department is the first in Illinois to implement this type of program.
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