Why do fire trucks respond to emergency medical calls?

Though Mansfield does operate an ambulance, sometimes the closest unit to the scene is not the ambulance, or the ambulance may be busy and a second ambulance is a farther distance away. In these cases, another firefighter from one of our other stations may respond to the medical emergency in a fire truck. This is so that 1) patient assessment and treatment can be started while the other ambulance travels to the scene, and 2) in case there is another emergency in which the services of the fire truck are needed, the firefighter will not have to return to the station and change vehicles.

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1. When an emergency vehicle is approaching that is displaying emergency lights and sirens, what should I do?
2. Why do emergency vehicles run with lights and siren, then just turn them off?
3. Can you make the stop lights turn green?
4. What is the difference between an EMT and Paramedic?
5. Do the personnel on the ambulance fight fires also?
6. Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle accidents?
7. Why do fire trucks respond to emergency medical calls?
8. Why do so many fire trucks respond to 'simple' incidents?
9. Why do firefighters cut holes in the roof of a building on fire?
10. Why do firefighters break windows in a building that is on fire?
11. How do I get one of those reflective number signs for my mailbox/driveway?
12. Is outdoor burning allowed?
13. Will the Fire Department refill my fire extinguisher?