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Why did a fire truck respond first when I called for an ambulance?
The Plainview Fire / EMS Department is a dual department. This means all of our personnel are trained and certified in both fire and EMS. We routinely send a fire truck to assist our ambulances since each ambulance only has two personnel. This allows at least four personnel on the scene to help with treatment, lifting, and loading of the patient. Secondly, there are many times that a fire truck is closer than an ambulance. This will shorten the time that it takes to get trained medical care.

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1. Why did a fire truck respond first when I called for an ambulance?
2. Why does the Fire Department use water by flowing fire hydrants?
3. I have seen ambulances and fire trucks that seem to be aimlessly wandering around town or just driving around. This seems to be a waste of taxpayers' money. Can you explain what is going on?
4. I see ambulances and fire trucks at various businesses about town. Can you explain?

901 Broadway St.
Plainview, TX 79072
(806) 296-1100