ACFR adds new 24-hour Rescue Unit

Press release from Alachua County Fire Rescue

Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) is proud to announce the addition of a 24-hour Rescue Unit. This rescue is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance equipped with life-saving medical equipment and is staffed with at least one State of Florida Certified Paramedic and one State of Florida Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). This unit will join the other fourteen 24-hour rescue units and five 13-hour Peak Load Rescue Units in responding to over 45,000 incidents per year in Alachua County. The County is planning on placing a sixteenth 24-hour Rescue Unit into service later this year.

“We are excited to place this unit into full-time service, which will assist us in addressing the increase in service call requests, and I am pleased that the Board of County Commissioners along with County Management staff recognizes and supports the needs of public safety. This unit will not only assist in responses, but it will also assist us in offsetting the high work load demand our rescue crews experience,” said Chief Harold Theus.

The unit will be designated as Rescue 36 and will be placed into service on Monday, January 17, 2022, at 8 a.m.. Rescue 36 will be located at 4300 SW 20th Avenue in Gainesville, Florida.