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Why is it when an ambulance is called, a fire engine is also dispatched?

Only on some calls will dispatchers send an ambulance and a fire truck to the same location, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said.

When a fire truck is closer than an ambulance, both are often sent to make sure people needing medical attention receive the most immediate care, he said.

If the ambulance is nearby and the incident isn’t severe enough for a fire truck to respond, only the ambulance will go, Bradford said.

The city said fire trucks are sent on about 44 percent of medical calls of a severe nature.

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