Why do I always see a fire truck with the ambulance?

Not all emergency medical responses include a fire engine. Ambulances are staffed with one paramedic/firefighter and one Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/firefighter. There are a variety of situations that demand additional manpower or equipment:

  • Additional equipment
  • Extra manpower for lifting
  • Forcible entry necessary
  • Life-threatening illness or injury
  • Plainfield Ambulance is out of service on another call
  • Supervisor needed
  • Unknown call

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1. Why do I always see a fire truck with the ambulance?
2. Instead of the big fire truck, why don't you send them in a smaller vehicle?
3. Why do I get a bill for ambulance service when I pay taxes?
4. Why does Plainfield need a 100-foot aerial ladder truck when there are only a few buildings that are that height?
5. Why do firefighters work 24 hours at a time?
6. Why does the fire truck and all four firefighters need to go to the grocery store?
7. I had a small fire in my house, why were there so many fire trucks?
8. I saw a minor fender bender and the fire department sent three or four trucks and at least 10 people. Why?
9. How many firefighters are women?
10. I live in the Plainfield Fire Territory. Why did a fire truck from a different community arrive at my home before a Plainfield truck?
11. There was a fire in my neighborhood, why did the police department arrive first?
12. I live in an area without fire hydrants. How will the fire department handle that situation if I have a fire?
13. How do I apply to be a Plainfield Firefighter?
14. What are the minimum qualifications to become a firefighter?
15. Where are EMT courses offered?
16. Do paramedics have an advantage in this process?
17. Do certified firefighters have an advantage in the process?
18. What is CPAT?
19. How do I obtain a CPAT card?