Why do so many fire engines respond even if the fire is small?
There is a standard response required to a residential structure fire. That response includes 3 engine companies, 1 tower truck, 1 ambulance and 1 Incident Commander. If these units are not needed, they are released upon arrival or en route. The primary goal of the Fire Department is to protect lives and property and this level of response is necessary to accomplish this goal. Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by 911 operators.

The Fire Department thinks over cautiously when responding to a citizen in need of help. In other words, the firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. Discovering that we need more units once we arrive is often too late. We have learned from experience that it's better to have too much help than not enough. Please call 978-692-5542 for more information.

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1. How do I dispose of a fire extinguisher?
2. Why do you send a fire engine to a medical call?
3. Why do fire engines respond to car accidents, even when they didn’t look serious?
4. Why do so many fire engines respond even if the fire is small?
5. Why does the Fire Department bring the fire engine just for a simple inspection?