AFR introduces new ‘Rapid Extraction Team’

Albuquerque Fire Rescue is rolling out a new tool to fight wildfires and help hikers trapped in the Foothills. 

The department put a Rapid Extraction Team into service Wednesday, equipped with a new vehicle. With it, AFR will be able to send two paramedics and two EMTs on rescue operations through rugged terrain other vehicles can’t reach. 

AFR says it’s seen more wilderness rescues in recent years. 

“So when this unit isn’t out on wildland fires, it will be available for response for Albuquerque Fire Rescue personnel throughout our jurisdiction,” Lt. Brian Fox said. 

AFR used funds through the state’s resource mobilization plan to pay for the vehicle. 

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