SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Fire Department is already seeing a difference after it started using the new single person response vehicles in September.
The department said the goal was to save the department time and resources by sending medics to minor calls instead of full engines.
These three Alternative Response Units free up other firefighters and engines to respond to fires and more medical calls like heart attacks.
The ARU’s have responded to more than 450 calls. One emergency responder said he has what he needs but says sometimes working on his own has him worried about his safety.
“I am by myself. If there is a scuffle with someone, I am actually in a fight, then it’s not a good situation,” said Jesse Ayott of the Spokane Fire Department.