Why is a fire engine sent when I call an ambulance?
A fire engine is often sent as a first-responder when an ambulance is assigned to an unconscious or unresponsive person, or when there is a major accident. Also, if the main ambulance unit is on another call and the response time of the second unit would create a delayed response, the Fire Department will respond. Fire personnel are trained and carry basic life support equipment as well as automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for cardiac defibrillation. The purpose of the first-responder is to provide basic life support until the ambulance arrives.

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1. Why do I see fire trucks from different departments responding to the same incident?
2. What is the best type of fire extinguisher for my house?
3. What equipment or apparatus does the Fire Department have?
4. Why is a fire engine sent when I call an ambulance?
5. How do I obtain a copy of an incident report?
6. How do I know if there is a burn ban in effect?
7. Who do I contact in case of an emergency?
8. What is the mailing address for the Fire Department?
9. Does the fire station give tours?
10. Why is it necessary to post my street number?
11. Should I have a smoke detector in my home?
12. Is the Boerne Fire Department a paid or volunteer department?