What do the firefighters do when they are not on a call?

This varies from agency to agency depending upon many factors, but in Maitland, firefighters not involved with emergency responses do many things valuable to the residents and visitors of Maitland. As an example, being prepared for emergency calls demands that the department do a great deal of training. That training involves not only responses to medical emergencies (70 to 80% of most agencies) and fires, but also vehicle crashes, hazardous materials, bomb threats, construction accidents, to note just a few. Firefighters, in addition to spending a great deal of time maintaining their emergency equipment, also provide general wellness checks at fire stations through blood pressure screening, flu shots, public speaking and demonstration programs.

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1. How often should I check my smoke detector?
2. Do I need a smoke detector?
3. Do I need a carbon monoxide detector?
4. My child thinks playing with fire is fascinating. What can I do to teach him/her the dangers of playing with fire?
5. Does the Fire Department offer Flu Vaccine?
6. Do you host birthday parties for boys and girls?
7. How can I get a copy of my medical records?
8. The fire engine or rescue truck just went through a signal light with its lights and siren on, then shut them off after they were through the intersection. Why do they do this?
9. What do I do if I am driving and I see a fire engine or rescue coming up behind me blowing its horn and flashing its lights?
10. I smell something, but I'm not sure what it is. I want you to come check it out, but I don't think it's an emergency. What number do I call?
11. How do I make a donation to the Department?
12. I'm interested in a career as a firefighter/paramedic. Can I ride along with you for the day?
13. Why did another agency respond to my 911 call?
14. Will being transported by the paramedics speed up my emergency room wait?
15. Why did the fire engine respond with the rescue for my medical call?
16. Can the engine crew help me with a medical need?
17. What do the firefighters do when they are not on a call?
18. How do I properly dispose of unwanted medications?