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Frequently Asked Questions

What does Combination Department mean?

Being a “Combination” Department means that our members are comprised of both volunteers are paid personnel. 

Can the fire department fill a pool?

The Municipal Utility District owns the water in the city and county. MUD lets the fire department use the water for firefighting purposes at no charge. Technically, the water is not ours to give away.

Why does the fire engine go with the ambulance on a medical call?

The engine crew is there to assist the ambulance crew  in moving the patient from the house and if necessary provide extra help in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. We plan for the worst and hope for the best when responding to a call.

What is the difference between an EMT and Paramedic?

The difference between an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a Paramedic is a significant amount of education.  A Paramedic goes through more education and training and can provide a higher level of emergency care including invasive procedures (ALS or Advanced Life Support procedures).  A Paramedic is an EMT.  There are different levels of EMT training: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic.  Each level requires more training and education than the prior.  

Why does the ambulance sit in front of my house after they get the patient into the back of the ambulance?

In many ways, an ambulance is like a mobile emergency room. The ambulance carries the same equipment as the emergency room has – and even does the same procedures as the emergency room. Sometimes, a patient needs some medication or a special procedure prior to going to the hospital. Some medical conditions need to be addressed rapidly to ensure a positive outcome for the patient.

When I call for an ambulance, why do I sometimes see an ambulance from another or service?

During the course of a day it is not unusual for two, three or four calls for the ambulance to come in at the same time. If our ambulances are busy we will request an ambulance from the next available service.  

Why does the emergency equipment run with lights and siren, then just turn them off?

On occasion, the fire engine and ambulance will be driving with lights and sirens and then suddenly turn them off–perhaps only to turn into a shopping center parking lot or side street.  Be assured that when this happens it means we have received information that the caller or incident is no longer a dire emergency.  It is what we call “being cancelled”.  Any or all of the apparatus may continue to drive to the call or perhaps some will return to the Fire Station.

When you're not out fighting fires and running medical calls, what do you do?

Our personnel work 24-hour shifts. We eat, sleep and work out of our fire station. It is our home which is why we refer to it as a fire “house”. All daily maintenance on fire department vehicles is performed at the fire station. We are involved in educational programs in the schools and to the public. We conduct training to help maintain and improve our skills.

My smoke detector is making a 'chirping' noise. What's wrong with it?

The battery is low. Replace it immediately. Remember to test your detector once a month and change the battery when you change your clock to and from daylight savings time.