Why is a fire engine sent when I call an ambulance?

  • January 8, 2015

A fire engine is automatically sent as a first responder when an ambulance is assigned to an unconscious or unresponsive person, or a major accident. Additionally, if the closest ambulance assigned to the area is unavailable then the closest engine responds. The engine personnel are trained Emergency Medical Technicians, and carry basic life support equipment as well as AEDs for cardiac defibrillation. The first responder provides basic life support until the ambulance arrives.