When I call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency, why does an engine arrive in addition to an ambulance?
The fire department serves as the first responders for all medical emergencies. Our eight fire stations are strategically located throughout Orange so our response times have a positive effect on medical emergencies. In addition to our paramedics, the rest of our fire personnel are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). We have a minimum of one paramedic assigned to each of our eight engine companies and on each of our 3 rescue ambulance crews. It is also important to remember that with any medical emergency extra hands of trained personnel are necessary to assist with the care and moving of a patient onto a gurney.

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2. What should I do during an earthquake?
3. When I call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency, why does an engine arrive in addition to an ambulance?
4. When responding to a call in the “middle of the night” do the firefighters have to use the sirens even though traffic is minimal?
5. When there is only a small fire, why do so many fire engines respond?
6. Where can I bring my used sharps (needles, syringes, lancets, etc.) for disposal?