The ultimate goal and dream for R561 was to have its own self contained, mobile rehab vehicle. This dream became a reality on August 16, 2005 when the Grapevine City Council, by unanimous consent and proclamation, donated a 1999 Chevrolet Wheeled Coach ambulance to the GCFAA to use as our rehab vehicle. This incredible gift from our City took us leap years ahead of where we had hoped to be at that point in our existence and was an expression of trust and commitment our entire membership takes very seriously. R561 made its inaugural run as a Mobile Support Vehicle on October 6, 2005, only days after being formally placed in service by the GCFAA.
Rehab 561 (R561) provides firefighters and other on-scene personnel with cold water and Gatorade, hot coffee and tea, and snacks at any incident where paged to respond. R561 is also equipped with a mister fan, cool vests, chairs, and a 10x10 popup shade to provide a cool location for first responders to rest and cool off during hot weather incidents. Typical incidents where R561 has been utilized include: two-plus alarm fires, lake rescues/recoveries, fuel spills, hazmat scenes, and training exercises.
R561 is manned 24/7 by trained CFA Alumni members and has a target arrival time of less than 45 minutes from initial page to scene. All R561 personnel who will be driving the R561 unit must have completed the modified CEVO training course. Other R561 volunteers have completed rehab training. R561 is available and prepared to respond to all mutual aid calls where GFD personnel are utilized. For mutual aid calls, the senior officer from GFD is encouraged to notify incident command that Grapevine CFA is available to respond if requested.
R561 will also provide post incident support for fire investigators or other personnel remaining after first responders have been released from scene. Rehab personnel have been utilized to bring meals and supplies to fire investigators so they don’t have to leave the scene to allow them to continue on with their work. We also provide meals to first responders held over for protracted incidents such as lake recoveries and hazmat incidents and multi-alarm fires.