Intro to Firefighting
There was a time when fire departments would be called out to help get the family cat down out of a tree. Although like most fire departments we stopped this practice years ago, we still get these calls from time to time. An open can of tuna will typically do the trick, but this scenario points out that there can be misunderstandings about how we do our jobs as Firefighters. To help reduce any confusion, the following are some other common questions or misconceptions about SAFD operations along with an explanation of why we do what we do.
“I called for an ambulance, but a fire truck showed up.”
Here’s an interesting fact: almost 78% of our calls for assistance are medical in nature. Because our Firefighters are also Emergency Medical Technicians, SAFD made the strategic decision to equip our first responders with the resources they needed to deliver a higher level of medical care as a part of their first response to an incident. This is why we frequently hear, “I called for an ambulance, but a fire truck showed up.” In many cases, the fire EMTs are able to address the situation so that an ambulance is not needed. This helps to “free up” the ambulances so that they are available for the more serious incidents. This creative approach to resource management has helped to reduce EMS response times, while enhancing the overall level of medical service to the community.