Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) is proud to announce the addition of a 24-hour Rescue Unit. This rescue unit is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance equipped with life-saving medical equipment. It 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 14 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 plans to place a 16th 24-hour Rescue Unit into service later this year.
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 4000 SW 20th Avenue in Gainesville.
“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 County Commission along with County Management staff recognizes and supports the needs of public safety,” said ACFR Chief Harold Theus. “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.”