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?
As explained in the previous answer, sometimes several units are dispatched to the same incident. The first unit may have arrived on the scene, surveyed the situation and informed the dispatcher that the situation was under control. All other responding units were cancelled and put back into service, ready to take another call. Most likely, when you see an emergency vehicle go "Code 3" (lights and siren) through an intersection and then slow down and turn the emergency lights off, they have been cancelled from the call they were going on.

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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?