Code 3 FDNY Ford E-350 - RAC Unit Ambulance 4 (12068)
This is Item #12068
Release: May 2002
Edition Quantity: 5,004
F.D.N.Y Recuperation and Care Units
On June 27, 1996, the FDNY changed the designation of the Rehabilitation Units
to "Recuperation and Care Units" (RAC Units). These units respond to "All hands"
and provide members with cool drinks and cool towels during hot weather and warm
drinks during cold weather. Designated areas also can be set up to facilitate
cooling or warming of exposed members, depending upon weather conditions.
There are five "RAC" units, elements of the Special Operations Command. RAC 1 is
located with Engine 91 in lower Harlem; RAC 2 is quartered with Engine 222 in
the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn; RAC 3 is with Rescue 3 in the Bronx;
RAC 4 is quartered at SOC on Roosevelt Island; RAC 5 is with Engine 242 in
southwest Brooklyn. Light duty personnel are utilized, with one firefighter
assigned to each unit on each tour. Both commercial and military surplus
ambulances are used.
Each RAC unit has an ice-making machine in quarters to keep its coolers filled.
The units carry drinking water, disposable towels kept on ice, chairs, cots, E-Z
Up canopies, tents, heaters, blankets, and showers or misting fans (which
require an external water supply) that make a water mist for cooling without
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