Why does a fire truck come when you call for an ambulance?
Firefighters can and do get there first, and time is critical in a medical emergency. Every Andover Fire fighter is cross-trained in Emergency Medical Services.

In the early days, fire stations were strategically located so the crews could quickly get to burning buildings. Obviously, time is an important aspect of firefighting, because flames can rapidly spread through a building. The ability to quickly respond to a fire provides more time to rescue people inside, and save property by suppressing the blaze in the early stages. It soon became apparent that the firefighter's ability to "get there fast" could be used for other types of emergency response, such as heart attacks, strokes and trauma.

Four minutes is a critical time frame for someone who has experienced a heart attack, injury, or other illness that makes them stop breathing. The heart and brain have a better chance of full recovery if they receive oxygen in four minutes or less. After that, a person can suffer brain damage or worse. Our firefighters, many of them educated to the level of paramedic, can use life saving techniques including defibrillation and medications to help prevent death or permanent injury. These life saving techniques are much more effective if they can get to a patient within the first four minutes.

The Andover Fire Station is part of a much larger dispatch system. The system is designed to provide adequate emergency coverage for the citizens who live here, by carefully managing response resources. Fire stations are not isolated or randomly located. They are strategically positioned to provide the best coverage with the least expenditure of resources.

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1. Why does a fire truck come when you call for an ambulance?
2. Why does the Fire Department bring the fire engine just for a simple inspection?
3. Why do firefighters break out windows and cut holes in roof during a fire?
4. What are the Fire Department Hours?
5. Can I get my blood pressure checked?
6. Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents?
7. Why am I not supposed to drive over a firehose?
8. Why do I need to keep weeds and bushes away from fire hydrants on my property?
9. How do I schedule a Fire Drill?
10. What if I smell Gas in my home?
11. Why do firefighters work 24-hour shifts?
12. Why do we see fire department crews at the store?
13. What other responsibilities do firefighters have other than fighting fires?
14. What should I do when I see or hear an emergency vehicle coming towards me when I'm driving?
15. My smoke detector is chirping, what does that mean?
16. How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors?
17. Does the Fire Department fill fire extinguishers?
18. Can I have recreational fire in my backyard?
19. How much do I have to pay if a Fire Truck responds to a fire at my property?