Why don’t we just send a smaller vehicle to help?

Sending a different type of vehicle to assist would require the purchase of additional apparatus. The need for fire suppression apparatus still exist, regardless of the need to respond to medical emergencies. Purchasing a smaller response vehicle would be a purchase in addition to required fire apparatus. Most public agencies are unable to afford additional equipment purchases.

Sending a different type of vehicle to assist may require additional staffing. Again, the need for fire suppression staff still exists. Most public agencies are unable to afford additional staffing.

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1. Why do we send a fire engine to a medical emergency?
2. Why don’t we just send a smaller vehicle to help?