Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle accidents?

There are 2 reasons. First, vehicle accidents present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, and/or the presence of hazardous materials, downed power lines, and other potential hazards. Second, Gilroy firefighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. The Fire Department, due to its strategic station locations, is usually on scene well before the County ambulance. The fire crew will assess the situation, call for additional resources, rescue victims, and prepare them for ambulance transport before the ambulance arrives. Additionally, the county civilian ambulance service is not equipped or trained for the rescue and hazards work that firefighters provide.

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1. What do firefighters do while they are waiting for a fire or other emergency?
2. What schedule do firefighters work?
3. Why do fire engines and ambulances respond on emergency medical calls?
4. Why do fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
5. Why do firefighters use chain saws to cut holes in the roof of a building that’s on fire?
6. Does the Fire Department service fire extinguishers?
7. When an emergency vehicle is approaching that is displaying emergency lights and sirens, what should I do?
8. Why did I see another Fire Department’s fire engine in Gilroy?
9. Why do so many fire trucks respond to simple incidents?
10. Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle accidents?