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Old 03-27-2011, 1:22 PM
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It is very common in many areas to dispatch firetrucks and firefighters to medical calls in addition to the ambulance and ALS units. The most obvious reason (as already stated) is to get a first responder to the scene as quickly as possible, and the truck obviously goes with them in case they have to respond to another call before returning to the firehouse (which happens quite often in my neck of the woods).

Around here, the police are often dispatched to the scene as well; most times they are dispatched even before the Fire/EMS dispatch goes out, for the same reasons. Even if the responding officer is not a trained/certified EMT (although many police officers are), they can usually get there faster than anyone else to gain entry into a residence and provide additional assistance.
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