By FDNY Press Office
In response to an unprecedented increase in EMS call volume, the FDNY has deployed Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV) to assist in addressing the emergency medical needs of New Yorkers during the city’s response to COVID-19.
RRV units are in service between the hours of 7 a.m., and 10 p.m., and are staffed by two FDNY firefighters who are CFR-trained or have EMT certification to provide prehospital medical care prior to an ambulance’s arrival.
The units are deployed where necessary based on EMS needs and call volume, and they have been previously deployed during heat waves and major storms. Currently, seven RRV units are operating in the Bronx responding to high-priority medical calls.