Why do so many units respond to “simple” incidents?

Dispatch always assigns units for a worst-case scenario. Time is also of the essence in emergency situations. Our response typically includes an engine or two engines and a supervisor (called a Battalion Chief). Other units might include Leander Police patrol officers, Williamson County Sheriff's patrol deputies, and a Williamson County ambulance.

Getting the correct number of responders to the side of the patients is the priority, but not all responders are needed to directly touch the patient. For instance, often times you will see two large fire engines and multiple other EMS and Police units at what appears to be a very minor vehicle collision. This is done to protect the citizens involved in the collision, protect the citizens driving near the collision, protect the emergency personnel providing care and all while facilitating the removal of the damaged vehicles so that the roadway can be reopened.

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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?