1.  Why does a fire truck respond with the ambulance?

You may notice a fire truck respond with the ambulance.   Firefighters on the engines are also medically trained and can render aid in an emergency situation before the ambulance arrives.  The engine company will continue to assist the ambulance throughout the call.  Some calls require additional personnel due to the amount of equipment required, advanced medical procedues and tasks that need to be performed to provide the best possible care.  Examples of calls where extra manpower may require an engine to respond are as follows:  cardiac emergencies, respiratory emergencies, seizures, strokes, diabetic emergencies, overdose/poisoning, allergic reaction, traumatic injury and childbirth/pediatric calls.

2.  How do you determine which hospital to transport to?

In the majority of cases, if the patient is stable or we can stabilize the patient, they or their families can choose which hospital they are transported to.  There are a few exceptions that require transport to the closest appropriate hospital, such as serious traumatic injuries or certain medical situations.  In those cases a predetermined boundry is used to decide where to transport.

3.  What is your department's average response time to an emergency?

Our average response time is about 3 to 4 minutes.

4.  Does the fire department do free blood pressure checks?

Any Sheboygan fire station will do free blood pressure checks without an appointment, provided they are at the station and not on a call.

5.  Do paramedics assigned to an ambulance also do firefighting work?

All paramedics are firefighters.  They respond to fires.  They carry their fire gear in the ambulance.  They are assigned the same type of firefighting tasks as other firefighters – search and rescue, hoseline management, ventilation, roof work, ladder work, exposure protection- all of the firefighting tasks. 

           NFPA 1710 recommends four figherfighters per firefighting apparatus. 

            According to the standard, that can be accomplished with four firefighters on a fire truck, or can be    accomplished According to the standard, that can be accomplished with four firefighters responding on two different vehicles (the fire truck and an ambulance) arriving together.      

Page Last Updated: Jan 30, 2012 (19:40:39)
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