Wednesday, May 31, 2006

What is the FRU?

A commenter has asked what the FRU is.

FRU stands for Fast Response Unit. It’s the job of the FRU to get to category A calls first to start emergency treatment before the ambulance arrives. It’s also the job of the FRU to get there in the 8 minute response target for category A calls.

We use Vauxhall Astra cars (pictured below) although the service is currently in the process of replacing all the Astras with Vauxhall Zafiras.

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Anonymous Michael t said...

It's officially called a Rapid Response Unit and its sole raison d'etre is to try to meet government targets by arriving at a call within eight minutes. Its clinical function is negligible.

10:27 pm  
Blogger David said...

Any particular reason for the replacement? The Astras look pretty new. It's not as if you need the extra seats...
Or is it some contract with Vauxhallorcing you to upgrade?

10:42 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

Michael - That is true, but then they operate under the FRU desk, which leads me to believe they can't decide what to call it really :)

David - they are due for a change. The one I worked on is a 52 reg, and it's already done in excess of 97,000 miles. They've also been thrashed, so they're knackered. It was decided that the new shape Astras didn't provide enough space and there was concern about lifting equipment over the lip of the boot - trunk to the americans reading.

5:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David it's worth remembering that ambulance vehicles are generally in use 24/7/365 so seemingly new looking motor's can clock up the miles pretty quickly. I'm not in London, but not really a rural service and we've got 54 plate motors that started 'work' in feb '05 that have already got 95k on the clock.

5:54 pm  
Blogger David said...

That makes sense.I was simply confused because the LDV ambo's are still in use despite the new Sprinters - and I's imagine the LDV's are much older than the Astras

9:47 am  
Blogger PJ said...

Thanks for the explanation. We could use them here. Snazzy car. Hope they keep the paint job. Keep up the good work.

9:26 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a fitter who repairs the FRU/RRU's and the trucks for the LAS, I can whole heartedly agree with Steve...most of the Astras are knackered. The reason that the cars look so good is that in most cases they have been smashed up more times than you could imagine, so chances are the only original body panel on most of them is the roof!

2:57 pm  
Blogger painter in hiding said...

OUrs are called QRV, or Quick Response Vehicles. Its either a Tahoe or an Expedition. I have a picture, but I dont know how to give it to you. I couldn;t be on it for very long either. I like having a partner.

4:19 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in the area I work here in the US we call them "fly cars" except they're not really cars, they're all massive SUVs. I think they're big pieces of crap that make you feel like you're on the brink of rolling over when you're at speed. I'd love to see an actual car, but I doubt that will ever happen.

6:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in the area I work in the states we call them "Fly Cars". They're usually big SUVs (you know how Americans like their big gas guzzlers). I think they're crap. I'd rather see an actual car, something that isn't going to roll over.

6:39 pm  

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