Why are the fire engines left running on calls?
Today's engines are very advanced compared to years past. If the engine is being used for firefighting operations, power from the motor is needed to run the pump to distribute water. During emergencies, lighting plays a key role. The power needed to run lights and emergency flashers draw a significant amount of energy to run. When the engines are in the fire station, they are always plugged in to a shore line that keeps the batteries charged, the engine warm and operating properly so that it is ready to go without warming up.

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1. What are the current staffing levels of the Healdsburg Fire Department?
2. Do you refill or recharge fire extinguishers?
3. How come I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
4. What type of shifts do Healdsburg firefighters generally work?
5. Where can I get information about becoming a Reserve Firefighter with the Healdsburg Fire Department?
6. Why are the fire engines left running on calls?
7. Why do fire engines respond to car accidents, even when they didn't look serious?
8. Why do fire engines respond with ambulances?
9. Why do Firefighters chop holes in walls?
10. Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?
11. Why do so many apparatus respond to simple incidents?
12. Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents, more lanes than are necessary?
13. Will I be billed for fire or emergency medical services?
14. Will the department come out and inspect or replace the batteries in the smoke detector in the home of my elderly mother?