Colo. FD to test smaller medical response vehicles

With increase in medical calls, utilize SUV's instead of sending apparatus


By Eric Meltzer
Daily Camera

BOULDER, Colo. — Medical calls, not fires, account for more than half of all calls to which Boulder Fire-Rescue crews respond, and the number of medical calls increased 17 percent from 2006 to 2011.

Boulder's fire department is looking at adding smaller vehicles for paramedics to respond to many of those calls without sending a fire engine or — when engines aren't available — a ladder truck. A pilot program will test the idea at Fire Station No. 1, at 2441 13th St., across the street from Casey Middle School, starting in January.

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