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Old 03-27-2011, 11:10 AM
KR4BD KR4BD is offline
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Location: Lexington, KY
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I just read in this morning's Lexington, KY paper that firetrucks are dispatched because they can often get to the scene of the call more quickly than ambulances. Here in Lexington, ALL firemen are also EMTs and ALL firetrucks are equiped with emergency meds and other lifesaving devices. Locally, it takes an average of 8 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at a call while firetrucks average just 5 minutes. The crew on the firetruck can stabilize a patient and prepare them for transport when the ambulance arrives.

At least, here in Lexington, KY, that's why firetrucks are also dispatched on emergency medical situations.
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