Why does a fire truck come when I call for an ambulance?

All fire apparatus are ALS (Advanced Life Support) equipped and carry at least one EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) or Paramedic to respond to all minor and major medical calls. At times, all ten ambulances may be busy with other medical calls or may be too far to respond within the standard five-minute response time and therefore a fire engine or fire truck is also dispatched to respond.

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1. Why does a fire truck come when I call for an ambulance?
2. Why are fire trucks used to block lanes on the highway when there is an emergency?
3. How do I report a leaking or broken fire hydrant?
4. Can I schedule a visit to the fire station or can the fire department come visit us?
5. Does the Fire Department inspect child car seats?
6. What are the requirements to become a firefighter?
7. Can the Fire Department come unlock my car if I leave my keys inside?
8. Can I do Community Service at a fire station or through the fire department?
9. Does the Fire Department fill private pools with water?
10. Can the Fire Department come out and change the batteries on my smoke detector?
11. Do you provide school supplies to kids?