Why does a fire engine respond when I call for an ambulance?

The Carpentersville Fire Department believes in providing the best care in the most rapid method possible. At times, an ambulance may be at the hospital or on another call. Our fire engines are fully equipped with Paramedics and Advanced Life Support supplies to treat a patient until another ambulance arrives.

We also send a fire engine to assist an ambulance on calls where the information provided to the dispatcher indicates that advanced care may be needed. Emergency Medical Services has evolved to the point where almost everything that can be done in an emergency room setting can also be done in the field by Paramedics.

Many treatments and procedures require more than the two personnel assigned to the ambulance, thus warranting assistance from the fire engine personnel.

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1. Does the Fire Department have Paramedic service?
2. Where are the Fire stations?
3. I see the Carpentersville Fire apparatus in other towns, why is that?
4. Why do the fire trucks sometimes turn lights off and turn around?
5. What are the flashing white lights on top of traffic lights when fire equipment passes?
6. How long should I keep smoke detectors?
7. Where should I place smoke detectors?
8. Should I have an escape ladder for my upper floors?
9. Does the Fire Department offer CPR classes?
10. Does the Village allow open burning?
11. Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?
12. Why do 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?
13. Why does a fire engine respond when I call for an ambulance?
14. Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?