Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?
Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 9-1-1 operator. Each truck carries different equipment that allows us to help the citizens of Orono. Fire engines carry the water and the hose to put out a fire. The ladder truck carries saws, ladders, and other specialized equipment to help put the fire out safely. The ambulance responds to help treat any citizens or firefighters who are injured. The Orono Fire Department thinks pessimistically when they respond to citizens in need of help. In other words, the firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. They are fast, well-trained and pleasant in their response.
There may be three fire department vehicles on the scene for what appears to be a "simple" incident. However, in emergency services we have learned that if we assume something is "simple," we can be horribly mistaken. Plus, we respond as fast as we can, prepared to encounter the worst. The winner in these situations will always be the citizen who needs help.

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1. What should I do when a fire truck or ambulance approaches me while I am driving?
2. Does the fire department accept old fire extinguishers or household chemicals that I don't want?
3. How do I get a copy of a fire or EMS report?
4. How do I get information about the Juvenile Firesetter Program?
5. How do I get a fire permit?
6. Where can I go to get my blood pressure checked?
7. Who do I call about a fire extinguisher that doesn't work?
8. Why does a fire truck show up when I called for an ambulance?
9. Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?
10. How come I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
11. Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?