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I was just wondering why every time there is a medical emergency a fire truck is dispatched also. It is my understanding that paramedics ride on the fire truck, but couldn't they ride in the ambulance? It seems like a waste of money.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical tries to assign a paramedic to all fire trucks and ambulances, Deputy Chief Mark Bradford said. Almost all other firefighters are trained either as emergency medical technicians or emergency medical intensive care technicians.

A fire truck responds to an emergency medical call because often the fire truck gets there before the ambulance, if the ambulance is on another call, Bradford said. If both the fire truck and the ambulance are available at the same time, then it usually depends on the seriousness or trauma involved in the incident and, depending on the number of victims, how many paramedics are needed, he said.

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