According to a report from The Denver Channel, one ambulance company from the Denver, Colorado, area is adding a team specifically meant to rescue or help wildland firefighters one year after the state was hit with the largest wildfires in its history.
Ebin Latrimurti, president and owner of EMS Unlimited, said his group is starting a rapid extraction module (REM) team to go into rugged terrain in the middle of wildfires to help rescue firefighters. Latrimurti’s REM team, which currently has 20 paramedics, will deploy four at a time when called for rescues.
The REM team is equipped with off-road vehicles and other life-saving supplies they may need during a response.
For the team to be deployed, an incident management team battling a wildfire must request them.
Although Latrimurti says he and his team are ready for whatever wildfire comes their way this year, he’s hopeful 2021 won’t resemble 2020.