Fire and Rescue Glossary


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  Advanced Life Support (ALS) - Emergency medical service provided by Paramedics, usually to intervene in life threatening situations with advanced skills.
Current Ambulance/Medic Unit Ambulance or Medic unit used to transport emergency medical services patients.
Automatic electronic defibrillator Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)
Brush Truck Brush Truck Four-wheel drive vehicle that carries a small pump, water, and tools used to extinguish brush/grass fires in limited access areas.
Engine/Paramedic Engine Engine or Paramedic Engine
Rescue Engine Rescue Engine - A vehicle that is equipped as both a fire engine and a heavy rescue squad. Designed to handle fire suppression, vehicle rescue, forcible entry and medical emergencies.
Heavy Rescue Squad Rescue Squad or Heavy Rescue Squad - A vehicle that carries tools and extrication equipment to rescue people trapped in cars, collapsed buildings or other situations. May have specialized equipment for technical rescues or hazardous materials emergencies.
Ladder Truck Truck or Ladder Truck

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