Rapid Response Units (RRU’s)?
emergency response vehicles used by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to
get paramedics to you quicker. The RRU
is not a traditional ambulance but a smaller vehicle such as an SUV that can
more easily move through traffic and residential areas. These units are staffed with one fully qualified and equipped paramedic
who can undertake full paramedic care when they arrive at your emergency. The RRU has all the same equipment on board,
but no stretcher.
ambulances are staffed with two paramedics and transport patients to the
hospital. The transport of patients to
the hospital can take the ambulance away from their local areas. They may at times need to spend varying
periods of time at the hospital and once able to leave may be assigned another
call which may keep them out of their local area for longer periods. The RRU in contrast can respond to a call, provide
paramedic level care and begin treatment of patients prior to the arrival of
the transport ambulance. The RRU
paramedic can transfer care of the patient to the transporting paramedics and
remain in the area for the next call.
You may now
be seeing more of these RRU’s in your communities as they are deployed to have
a local presence and improve response times.
In 2017, the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services deployed RRU’s into
Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Tiny Township to compliment the RRU’s already operating in
Barrie, Alcona and Penetanguishene.