FAQ Answers

Why Do You Send a Fire Engine to a Medical Call?

The answer to this question is simple; better service. A fire engine comes along with an ambulance for safety and manpower. We plan for the worst and hope for the best when responding to a call. Why all this? As firefighters and EMTs who receive a call, we never know exactly what the situation will be until we arrive on scene. If the call turns out to be a severe emergency, it is very possible that every Firefighter/EMT will be utilized to perform a vital function. At times, the call may be minor and not everyone is needed. However, in order to provide the best care to the patients, we must be prepared for any type of situation. Once on scene, the decision is made to release or keep the fire engine.

During a Medical Emergency.........Minutes... In Fact... Seconds Count!

The response of the closest fire engine in an emergency brings trained Emergency Medical service to your home or place of business in minutes. Most times, the engine is closer to the call than the ambulance. Emergency lifesaving equipment, such as, oxygen, cardiac defibrillators, epinephrine are carried on the fire engine. This response, together with the Firefighter/EMTs assigned to the Ambulance, contributes to a quality emergency response.


The fire engine response is beneficial in many ways. It provides for immediate medical intervention, such as, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, enough personnel on the scene to provide for supervision of the patient and scene, and the ability to aid the ambulance personnel while they administer other life saving measures. The Engine crew assists with the movement of a stretcher throughout the building, especially on stairways or when slippery conditions are encountered.

It is necessary to have more than 2 Firefighter/EMTs to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and cardiac defibrillation, or other life saving measures, especially when moving the patient. Teamwork is the name of the game. It is also important to remember that with medical emergencies, extra hands and bodies are necessary to assist with the care and moving of a patient onto a stretcher. Please call 978-692-5542 for more information.