When I call the paramedics, why does a fire engine show up?
The Poway Fire Department has 2 firefighter / paramedics assigned to each of their ambulances and 1 or more on each fire engine and ladder truck. Our department responds with the closest engine and ambulance for medical aids, but sometimes an ambulance may be responding from a distance, so having the closest engine respond can get help to a victim more quickly. There are also times when a medical emergency is quite serious and may require the assistance of multiple crew members. If it is determined that the situation does not require both crews, 1 of them will be released and placed back into service.

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1. When there is only a small fire, why do so many fire engines respond?
2. Why do I have to call 911? If I call the fire station directly, wouldn't it save time?
3. Why does Poway need a ladder truck?
4. What does a firefighter's workday routine consist of?
5. Why do I see firefighters working out while on duty?
6. Why do I see the firefighters at the store shopping for food while they are on duty?
7. What do firefighters do when they are not on emergency calls?
8. What can I do to protect my house from wildland fires?
9. Do I need to put a smoke detector in every room? How many do I need?
10. What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy for my home?
11. When I call the paramedics, why does a fire engine show up?
12. Where can I go for CPR classes?
13. Who should I call for a hydrant leaking, fire hazards, and inspections?