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EMTs to try out SUVs in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Instead of a fire truck, the next time people in Vancouver have an emergency, an SUV may pull up to their door.

The Vancouver Fire Department is starting a pilot program to respond to medical calls.

The three-month trial includes the use of SUVs instead of a fire engine and full crew.

Chief Joe Molina said the goal is to keep fire trucks available for life-threatening emergencies and fires.

The new rescue units will be in service 10 hours a day, four days a week during peak hours.

The chief said they will monitor data collected daily and make adjustments to the pilot project each week as needed.

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