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Response Cars & Medic Units
In 2016, our crews responded to 43,508 incidents. Of these, 29,693 were emergency medical calls such as motor vehicle crashes with injuries, childbirth, cardiac arrest, stroke, falls and broken bones. In addition to our engine and truck companies with one or more paramedics, TVF&R has additional apparatus that help us respond to the growing number of medical calls in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.

Medic Units
TVF&R has 14 medic units in its fleet. These units are staffed with two paramedics, carry advanced life support equipment and tools, and — as licensed ambulances — can transport patients when needed or requested by Metro West in Washington County or AMR in Clackamas County.

Beginning in July 2016, an expansion of contract services into Yamhill County included TVF&R's assumption of the Newberg Ambulance Service Area, which includes all 911 emergency ambulance transports and non-emergent ambulance transports within the ASA.

Medic units respond to critical medical emergencies such as chest pain and breathing problems, assaults, overdose, pregnancy problems, seizures and strokes. These are based at fire stations throughout the district. Medic units are deployed either 24 hours a day or Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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TVF&R is one of first departments in the country to add cars to its emergency response fleet. The car — staffed by one paramedic — is a cost-effective option for responding to situations that don’t require a traditional fire engine and four-person crew. Deploying a car assists in ensuring fire apparatus are available for incidents requiring specialized equipment and more personnel.

Approximately 100,000 incidents were analyzed to identify the situations appropriate for a car and single responder. The car is outfitted with basic equipment and supplies, and a data terminal with computerized response maps and instantaneous information on every 911 call.

When first deployed, cars responded to non life-threatening medical and public service calls such as abdominal pain, ground-level fall, headache, odor investigation, sick person, fire alarms, and smoke detector problems. Although the majority of situations responded to by the car are non-emergency (Code 1), the car can be upgraded to respond more quickly, or the paramedic can call for more units if a situation worsens.

In February 2016, cars were added to all Code 3 complex medical calls and structure fires in their first-due areas. As a nimbler resource, cars are dispatched in addition to a truck, engine, or medic unit to get to the incident quicker and initiate efforts to stop the progression of an emergency while additional personnel are en route to the scene.

Why the FJ Cruiser? TVFR Response Car
As a public agency, TVF&R is responsible for and committed to wisely investing its tax dollars. With that in mind — and after researching similar programs in the U.S., Europe, and United Kingdom — the Toyota FJ Cruiser was chosen for its 4WD capability, balance, traction, and survivability, as well as its reliability and resale.

Our emergency vehicles are in-service longer than the average consumer’s automobile and, when it comes time to replace, our goal is to get the best return on our original investment. We believe the FJ helps us not only achieve our operational goals, but the fiscal stewardship that our taxpayers expect.

The FJ Cruisers were purchased “used “ in an effort to save money, and they represent a very small percentage of what TVF&R has spent on vehicles and apparatus. The majority of TVF&R’s fleet — which includes engines, trucks, squirts, medic units, command vehicles, pick-up trucks, and wildland units — is purchased from American-made and owned manufacturers. 
TVF&R has eight cars in its fleet. They are deployed Tuesday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The stations and schedule were determined after analyzing incident data to pinpoint exactly where, when, and how often non-emergency medical and public service calls occur.