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February 19, 2019

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Q: How many members are working at one time?

A: There are three shifts of three members known as the A-shift, B-shift, and C-shift. During a day that someone is on leave or is sick, we do not cover that position. Therefore greater than 60% of the time there are only two members working on shift.

Q: Why does the fire department respond to EMS calls with a fire engine?

A: At any one time there are two or three members on duty and must remain available to respond to fire incidents. Members must respond to EMS calls in a fire apparatus so that if there is another emergency they can respond directly from their location. Responding back to headquarters to pick up a fire truck and then to another emergency would not be effective.

Q: How much does it cost to send a fire truck to and EMS call?

A: The cost is minimal to respond to an EMS call. SJFD responds to the village area (@2 mi2) and does not call coverage unless it is a cardiac arrest or if CALEX is unavailable. Calling coverage for an EMS call rarely happens. Medical equipment used during the incident is restocked by the ambulance, therefore we are not responsible for purchasing new replacement items. The only expense left is fuel and estimates by a mechanic are that 1-2 gallons are used during a normal response.

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