Why do fire engines / trucks and ambulances respond for emergency medical calls?

For faster advanced medical care. Most of Kalispell’s firefighters are cross-trained as paramedics and we carry much of the same medical equipment on our fire apparatus as the ambulances. For serious medical calls, the patient will benefit from having the closest available unit respond to initiate care and having the additional personnel to assist with care and preparation for transport saves even more time. In these cases, an engine company is sent with an ambulance so that advanced care (intravenous access, medication administration, cardiac electrical therapy, etc.) can be done promptly resulting in better patient outcomes. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.

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1. Are tours of the fire station available?
2. Does the fire department rescue cats from trees?
3. Can I get my blood pressure taken at the fire station?
4. Do you have a volunteer program?
5. Why do fire engines / trucks and ambulances respond for emergency medical calls?
6. What should I do when an emergency vehicle is approaching displaying emergency lights and sirens?
7. Why do I see fire trucks or ambulances parked outside of grocery stores?
8. What is Kalispell’s ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating?
9. Can I burn waste and / or have a bonfire in my yard?
10. How do I get my child’s car seat inspected?
11. Can I do a ride-a-long on a fire truck or ambulance?
12. How do I become a firefighter with Kalispell?
13. How do I become an EMT or Paramedic?
14. What do firefighters do when they are not running fire or EMS calls?
15. What can I do to improve fire safety in my work area?