Ventura City Fire Introduces New Roving Engine

The new Medic Engine 7 hits the road

By Lori Denman

The Ventura City Fire Department unveiled a new 40-hour roving fire engine called Medic Engine 7 (ME7).

The new service implementation took place with an unveiling of the engine on the morning of August 7 at Fire Station 1 on Ventura Avenue. The new Roving All-Hazards Fire Engine Company runs 40 hours per week with a staff that responds to various emergencies during peak incident hours. With the additional help, seven units will now be able to attend to emergency calls.

“With this new unit, we will be able to provide the same level of treatment to someone in need, as if a paramedic ambulance showed up,” explained Assistant Fire Chief Matt Brock to Citizens Journal. “Often times with this advanced treatment, we can assist the patient on the spot with required medical care and that patient would not have to be transported to the hospital. For instance, if someone was diabetic and needed immediate assistance.”

The engine would also be able to attend to those persons suffering from a mental health emergency, including the homeless who are often stranded and unable drive to a hospital.

“In 2007 we were looking at creative ways to augment our resource pool and the Medic Engine 7, after looking at data and studies, would be able to serve the communities best during peak hour times,” Brock added.  “This is 8am to 6pm from Monday through Thursday, when we have a higher call volume. Different times will also be evaluated on Friday through Sunday, so we can increase the coverage with overtime. There may be a weather pattern or a special event.”

The studies showed that the best way to utilize ME7 with a three-person staff is during peak hours.

Lori Denman has been a professional journalist since 1996. She has worked as associate editor for the Los Angeles Daily News TODAY Magazines and has freelanced for LA Weekly, and more. She is now the Ventura reporter for Citizens Journal.

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