When there is only a small fire, why do so many fire engines respond?
Different types of fires require different levels of response from the fire department. Car fires, dumpster fires, and ringing alarms usually get a single fire engine response. If a single-family house fire is reported, typically 3 fire engines, a ladder truck, a paramedic ambulance, and a chief officer will respond. Fires reported at a commercial business will get a 4th engine and a 2nd ladder truck. If these units are not needed, they will be released back into service by the Incident Commander. Generally it is better to have too many resources than too few.

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1. When there is only a small fire, why do so many fire engines respond?
2. Why do I have to call 911? If I call the fire station directly, wouldn't it save time?
3. Why does Poway need a ladder truck?
4. What does a firefighter's workday routine consist of?
5. Why do I see firefighters working out while on duty?
6. Why do I see the firefighters at the store shopping for food while they are on duty?
7. What do firefighters do when they are not on emergency calls?
8. What can I do to protect my house from wildland fires?
9. Do I need to put a smoke detector in every room? How many do I need?
10. What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy for my home?
11. When I call the paramedics, why does a fire engine show up?
12. Where can I go for CPR classes?
13. Who should I call for a hydrant leaking, fire hazards, and inspections?