Couldn't the fire department respond to medical calls in something smaller than the fire truck?

Yes. But responding effectively to emergencies is all about time. If we responded to medical emergencies in something other than the fire truck, then we would not have all the equipment with us that we might need. Quite often, the information received at the dispatch center paints a poor picture of the emergency we actually find in the field. Many times we arrive at the scene of a medial emergency only to find that we must extricate or rescue the patient. If we don't have equipment with us, critical time will be lost while we return to the station to retrieve it, delaying the care which the patient needs. Another reason that we respond to medical calls in the fire engine is that, should we receive notification of another emergency while we are out of the station, (such as a fire or traffic accident) we would have to return to the station to pick up the fire engine, again, delaying our emergency response.

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1. Doesn't the fire department just put out fires?
2. How many firefighters are on duty at one time?
3. Why does the fire department send a fire truck to medical calls?
4. Couldn't the fire department respond to medical calls in something smaller than the fire truck?