Why do so many fire trucks show up?
During a 9-1-1 call, your 9-1-1 dispatcher receives the information you're providing and begins entering it into a computer. Their computers utilize computer aided dispatch software that is capable of processing the information so a recommendation can be made on what public safety assets to send. The software will recommend which units by location, type and quantity needed by incident type.

It is not uncommon for the software to recommend more units from the onset of the incident. This is a significant benefit to the public in that it gets additional resources to the scene quicker. It also benefits the fire service to improve the safety of the responder's by having more available people earlier in an incident.

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1. How can I qualify for a free smoke detector?
2. Is open burning permitted in city limits?
3. When I call for an ambulance, why would a fire truck show up?
4. How do I get a copy of a fire report?
5. What fire codes are used in the city?
6. How do I anonymously report a tip or file fire/life safety complaint?
7. Why do so many fire trucks show up?
8. What information do I need to provide to 9-1-1?
9. How do I get a car seat installed?
10. How do I request a station tour?
11. How do I become a member of the Hagerstown Fire Department?