Why did you send a fire engine when I called for an ambulance?

All Watertown Fire Department members are Massachusetts trained and certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). During a medical emergency minutes, sometimes seconds, count! The response of the closest fire engine to your emergency brings trained firefighter/EMTs to your home or business in minutes. Emergency life saving equipment such as oxygen, semi-automatic defibrillators, and other medical equipment are carried on these fire engines for use by trained firefighters. 

Additional staff on a fire engine also provides supervision and it is necessary to have additional trained personnel to assist in moving stretchers through buildings, carrying patients down stairs or when dangerous conditions are encountered. It is also necessary to have more than two people perform certain treatments such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation while moving a patient. 

At traffic accidents the fire engine personnel keep the area safe if there are fuel spills, fire and removing crash victims from vehicles.

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