Why does a fire engine come with an ambulance when I have a medical problem?
The Hoffman Estates Fire Department sends a fire engine with an ambulance on every medical call for multiple reasons. In a medical emergency, time is of the essence. Each fire engine has all of the capabilities of an ambulance, with the single exception of patient transport to the hospital. In some cases, an engine will arrive on scene prior to the ambulance. Lifesaving medical assistance can begin immediately in preparation for the arrival of the ambulance and subsequent transport to the hospital. In addition, during complicated medical emergencies, the paramedics from the fire engine will assist the ambulance crew during transport, increasing patient care while enroute to the medical facility.