Why do a fire engine and an ambulance both respond to a medical call?

The City of Peoria EMS (Emergency Medical System) is a two-tier system. The Peoria Fire Department is the first responder, with 19 paramedics and 7 intermediates. The transport agency is the second component.

The Peoria Fire Department responds with basic life support (BLS-B Med) and advanced life support (ALS) non-transport capabilities first and provides life-savings techniques. When the advanced life support (ALS) transport agency arrives on scene, care is transferred to them.

This two-tier system works well because the Peoria Fire Department can respond, on average, in four minutes or less and have the patient stabilized and ready to go once the transport agency arrives.

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1. What fire codes do the Peoria Fire Department Utilize?
2. Does the City of Peoria provide food for firefighters?
3. Do you fill swimming pools? Do you rent meters?
4. How can I get my blood pressure taken?
5. How can I schedule a speaker?
6. I want to become a firefighters. What requirements do I need to fulfill in order to become a firefighter?
7. I would like to arrange a visit to a fire station. How do I schedule this?
8. My cat is up a tree. Can you get it down?
9. What is the City's ISO rating for fire protection?
10. When can I burn trash or yard debris in my backyard?
11. When I'm driving down the road and hear or see a fire truck with its lights and sirens on, what's the best thing to do?
12. Where is the Fire Station nearest to my house?
13. Why do a fire engine and an ambulance both respond to a medical call?