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Why do you send a fire engine when I called for an ambulance?
Most Gloucester Fire Department members are trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). During a medical emergency, minutes and seconds count. The response of the closest Firefighter/EMTs brings properly trained first responders to your home or office as quuickly as possible.

Emergency life saving equipment, such as oxygen and semi-automatic defibrillators are carried on the fire engine for use by these trained firefighters.

Additional staff on a fire engine also provides supervision and it is necessary to have additional trained personnel to assist in moving stretchers through buildings, carrying patients down stairways or when slippery conditions are encountered. This helps to reduce back injuries to personnel handling unwieldy stretchers and heavy patients. It is also necessary to have more than two people perform certain treatments such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation while moving a patient.

At traffic accidents, the fire engine personnel keep the area safe if there are fuel spills or fire and can extricate people from the wreckage.

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