After a successful six-month trial in 2017, Medic 7 returned to the streets of the greater Spokane Valley on September 17, 2018. Also known as an Alternative Response Unit (ARU), Medic 7 has already responded to nearly 200 calls for non-life threatening medical emergencies. This frees up fire engines and ladder trucks to more quickly respond to life threatening emergencies.
Medic 7 is staffed with a two-person crew (including one Paramedic) in a Ford F250 Crew Cab truck. They travel through high call volume areas in the core of the Valley during peak call volume times – Monday-Friday, 8 am – 8 pm – responding to non-life threatening incidents which comprise more than 50 percent of medical emergencies during these hours.
“Data gathered during the trial period in 2017 has been instrumental in demonstrating the effectiveness of an Alternative Response Unit to respond to non-life threatening medical calls,” explained Deputy Chief of Operations Shawn Arold. “This data has also helped us operationally fine tune our Medic 7 service delivery model for the greatest success going forward as we strive to continue delivering quality and timely service to our community.”
In addition to reducing the wear and tear on the Department’s fire engines and ladder trucks, Medic 7 also increases the availability of these engines and trucks to respond to more complex, life-threatening medical emergencies as well as fires, motor vehicle collisions, rescues and other emergencies.