Why do both a fire truck and an ambulance always show up for a medical emergency?

When a 911 call comes in, dispatchers often are not given precise or complete information. As such, units are dispatched on a worst-case scenario. To ensure the highest level of care, Leander Fire Department (LFD) sends the closest fire engine (staffed with a minimum of three personnel) or squad (staffed with a minimum of two personnel). Williamson County EMS sends an ambulance (staffed with two paramedics).

No medical call is "routine." Most require assessing the patient, obtaining their vital signs, providing oxygen therapy, and moving them, at a minimum. EMS may also need to place an advanced airway, administer drugs intravenously, or monitor cardiac conditions. All of these procedures are completed more efficiently when the appropriate amount of help is on scene. Efficient care is our goal, and efficient care often is the difference between life and death.

Unfortunately, units have no way of knowing what they will encounter on a call until they arrive. They work in a "what if" and "all risk" business. Responding to the unknown is public safety.

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1. What is the Leander Fire Department's ISO rating?
2. I live in the city limits of Leander; why can't I burn my tree trimmings and brush?
3. Why do both a fire truck and an ambulance always show up for a medical emergency?
4. Why do so many units respond to “simple” incidents?
5. Why do fire trucks go through a red light with lights and sirens then turn off their lights and slow down?
6. What do firefighters do during the day when not on emergency calls?
7. Why do firefighters go to the grocery store together on a fire truck while on duty?
8. What do firefighters do at night?