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PSVS-funded Fire Rescue Units Launched

Two-person teams will help free up fire engines for emergency calls

The Bakersfield Fire Department launched a new Rescue Unit program last week to help reduce response times for two of the department’s busiest stations: Fire Station 2 (on East 21st Street near Baker Street) and Fire Station 6 (on Brundage Lane just west of Union Avenue).

The program includes six Fire Captains and six firefighters in two-person units (one at each fire station) on three shifts. The Rescue Units are capable of providing basic life support (BLS) on medical calls.

After launching on Friday, July 31, they responded to 66 calls over their first weekend, leaving the stations’ fire engines available for other emergency calls.

These teams will help the department’s response times in these two districts, allowing the department to maintain its coveted Class 2 Insurance Service Office rating, thus lowering homeowner and commercial insurance rates in Bakersfield.