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At thanksgiving we had some guy covered in blood and trashed knock on our door looking for help. I told him to sit on the steps and called the police. Cops, ambulance and fire truck show up. Tonight an old man passed out at a restaurant we were at, same thing ambulance fire truck and police.

Why do fire trucks get to non fire emergencies?
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
At thanksgiving we had some guy covered in blood and trashed knock on our door looking for help. I told him to sit on the steps and called the police. Cops, ambulance and fire truck show up. Tonight an old man passed out at a restaurant we were at, same thing ambulance fire truck and police.

Why do fire trucks get to non fire emergencies?
they have EMT/paramedics on duty.....they will assist until the ambulance arrives
Old 12-08-2019, 06:10 PM
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Lots of places have designated FD's as first responders . As said above , paramedics .
Old 12-08-2019, 06:14 PM
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Firefighters cross trained as paramedics. They have to be with their equipment all the time. Even if that call can be done in a pickup or car, the next one may not be. Same reason they take their trucks out for lunch and all ride along for fuel runs.
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
they have EMT/paramedics on duty.....they will assist until the ambulance arrives
This ^^^. The fire department can almost always get on scene faster than EMS because there are fire stations in multiple locations all over the city, whereas EMS is stationed at only a few locations, sometimes only a single location.
Depending on the situation, the fire department is often required to extract an injured person from a vehicle, etc. In fact, the Wilson Fire Department had to fish me out of the shrubbery a couple of weeks ago when I fell off the roof and did this, along with dislocating my shoulder. It took 4 big country boys and their equipment to get me out and on a gurney.

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native whats the little ball?
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Some medical situations can go south quickly. Better to have help and not need it than to wait precious minutes for assistance to be dispatched and arrive.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
At thanksgiving we had some guy covered in blood and trashed knock on our door looking for help. I told him to sit on the steps and called the police. Cops, ambulance and fire truck show up. Tonight an old man passed out at a restaurant we were at, same thing ambulance fire truck and police.

Why do fire trucks get to non fire emergencies?
Around our area they also get money based on how many calls/vehicles they run, not uncommon to see a bunch of vehicles turn out to a basic call...
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They respond to all car accidents no matter how minor. Too bad they don't sweep up the broken glass
Old 12-08-2019, 06:41 PM
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kinda more interested in what happened to the guy prior to him knocking on your door...

with that being said large police presence on my buddy's block couple months ago, they flag him down as hes driving down the street, and ask him if hes seen a blood covered man carrying a suitcase... he says no, and cop says ok thanks, next cop he says is their any danger to my family, why are you looking for a blood covered person with a suitcase? turns out he got hit by a car on the local highway and ran...
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Most large cities have fire on payroll and contract out EMS. The city takes the heat when calls take longer to respond than average call times. Also most on board the truck are EMS certified now a days. Smaller towns have contract EMS and volunteer fire so EMS may get to the scenes faster. When dealing with aging father and mother in laws I was surprised they both showed up. Little off topic but the wife ran the ambulatory department for a major city public health care system. She shared that most large cities contract EMS for legal reasons. Same as they do trauma centers. The more the risk, the cities contract to help deflect legal costs. Air medic flights are similar. Not saying all systems are this way but just a shared perspective. When EMS responds the tax payers get charged no matter what. When they transport the patient gets charged. If they have publicly supported care, tax payers foot the bill. At the end of the day the more the better in an emergency and since they are not working for free I’ll take it
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Originally Posted by 6spdg37s View Post
kinda more interested in what happened to the guy prior to him knocking on your door...
Im going to assume he was at some sort of thanksgiving get together, got sh!t faced and got into a fight. We live in a somewhat rough transitioning neighborhood. There have been a few gunshots a week and a B&E every now and then. Just last year they got the local Crypts chapter out of the neighborhood and in the news this week they got something like 40 years for all sorts of things.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Im going to assume he was at some sort of thanksgiving get together, got sh!t faced and got into a fight. We live in a somewhat rough transitioning neighborhood. There have been a few gunshots a week and a B&E every now and then. Just last year they got the local Crypts chapter out of the neighborhood and in the news this week they got something like 40 years for all sorts of things.
Holy Cow! We should do a thread on who lives in the roughest neighborhood on THT!!
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Originally Posted by hottoddie View Post
They respond to all car accidents no matter how minor. Too bad they don't sweep up the broken glass
That's the tow truck drivers job
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Im going to assume he was at some sort of thanksgiving get together, got sh!t faced and got into a fight. We live in a somewhat rough transitioning neighborhood. There have been a few gunshots a week and a B&E every now and then. Just last year they got the local Crypts chapter out of the neighborhood and in the news this week they got something like 40 years for all sorts of things.

Whoa
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All the above and they want to keep up to date on the road conditions and access. Especially important with a large truck, knowing where you can or cannot go.
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They probably could have gotten there sooner but I am sure they staged up somewhere till the Deputies or Police secured the area and told them they could come in... (Lol)
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Originally Posted by CORALREEFER View Post
Holy Cow! We should do a thread on who lives in the roughest neighborhood on THT!!
Its not that bad. Since we bought the house three months ago three other houses on the street have sold. Any house that is not new construction is a rental and the LL is just waiting for the time to rip it down and rebuild. My realtor bought a house five years ago for 60K has been renting it and when the time comes he will rip and replace and list the new house around $500K.

I wish my dash cam was working for this one, we had just bought a new car so I did not install it yet but we were leaving the house one afternoon. As soon as we pulled out of the driveway and made it to the next block over there are these two girls going at it in the middle of the street, one of them was so fat if she sat in your lap it would be an attempted murder charge, the other girl pulls off the fat girls dress top and her bra then she is in the middle of the street with her triple H King Kong-sized tits flopping all over the place while she is taking swings at the other girl. We sat at the stop sign for a few moments and enjoyed the show.
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Around here they often send a firetruck along with an ambulance for medical calls. I was told fire personnel are there to lift/carry a victim. EMTs provide medical care and evaluation, fire personnel do the heavy lifting.
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