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Why does a fire truck come to my house when I call for an ambulance?
Firefighters in the city provide first response in a medical emergency.  There are more fire stations than EMS stations, so they may be much closer and arrive more quickly.  Firefighters can provide life-saving intervention (such as CPR), remove the victim from a hazardous environment, dress wounds, and other basic life support until the EMS ambulance arrives.  The EMS personnel then perform advanced life support techniques (using drug protocols, intubation, etc.) and transport the patient to the proper facility.  Law enforcement, the fire services, and EMS work together as a patient care team, ensuring that you quickly get the life saving and sustaining help you need.