Why is there always a fire engine on an ambulance call?

A fire engine responds on every ambulance call for several reasons. With both units being dispatched, you will get the fastest possible response. The ambulance may not be the closest unit or may be on another call, and the engine is paramedic-equipped to begin treatment while an ambulance is en route. Secondly, in order to perform the quality of service one would expect, a minimum crew of five paramedics are needed on each ambulance call, as there are many tasks to perform, from patient treatment to patient movement to the ambulance for transportation to the emergency room. If the fire engine crew is not needed, they can always be called off by the ambulance.

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1. What should I (my family) do when our smoke alarms activate?
2. Can our battery-operated smoke alarms go bad and how do I dispose of our old detector?
3. Does my landlord have to place and maintain a smoke alarm in my rental unit?
4. Are carbon monoxide detectors required by law?
5. Where do I pay an ambulance bill?
6. Should I dial 911 even if I am not sure it is an emergency?
7. After I call 911, why is there a delay before the phone dials?
8. After I call 911, should I hang up?
9. Why is there always a fire engine on an ambulance call?
10. Which hospitals does the Winnetka Fire Department provide ambulance transportation?
11. What should be done with used diabetic needles and/or syringes?
12. How do I dispose of my unused prescription medications?
13. What is EMD and does Winnetka utilize emergency medical dispatchers?
14. What should I do when I see lights/sirens approaching?
15. Are open fires permitted in Winnetka?
16. Is a DNR the same as a medical power of attorney? Are there standard forms necessary for a valid DNR?
17. Are home fire sprinklers expensive?
18. How much will I save on my homeowner’s insurance policy if my house has residential sprinklers?
19. Does the Fire Department offer blood pressure screenings?
20. How can I learn to perform Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)?
21. Does the Department perform Fire Hydrant flow testing?
22. How are fire hydrants maintained?
23. Does the Department conduct Fire Station tours?
24. Does the Department perform home fire safety surveys?