DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A new quick response vehicle, or QRV, in Davidson County aims to get people the medical help they need faster.
The vehicle is an SUV operated by a paramedic and equipped with the same tools as an ambulance. The difference is it cannot transport patients to the hospital.
Davidson County is trying out the QRV for a year as part of a pilot program in Denton.
“We have one ambulance that covers the southern end of Davidson County. When that ambulance is tied up on a call or doing a transport, the next ambulance is several minutes to several miles away. This quick response vehicle provides a paramedic to this community and to this area while waiting on that transport ambulance to get there. They can start patient care, treatment, and assessment at a quicker time frame,” said Larry James, Davidson County Emergency Services Director.
A Davidson County paramedic started responding to calls using the quick response vehicle Sunday. It will now be in service seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Most counties in the Triad have at least one QRV. Guilford County has the most with 5-6 quick response units.