Why does the ambulance stay on the scene of an accident or incident?

There are many reasons an ambulance might remain on a scene:

  • Ambulance may remain on scene and provide patient care while awaiting arrival of a medical helicopter to transport critical patients to the most appropriate facility
  • Firefighter/paramedics are able treat some medical conditions on scene without requiring the patient to be transported to the hospital
  • Patient’s condition may require that advanced medical procedures are performed and medications administered, prior to transport, in order to stabilize a patient’s condition
  • Scene safety is a primary concern on every call. At times it may be unsafe for an ambulance to enter or leave a scene until safety concerns are resolved
  • Victims of motor vehicle crashes and other accidents may require extrication, specialized rescue or advance medical procedures prior to being transported to the hospital
  • Under non-emergency conditions, firefighter/paramedics conduct a thorough examination and gather patient information prior to transporting a patient to the hospital

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1. How many full-time firefighter / paramedics are there and how many paid on call firefighters are there?
2. Many other communities, sizable to Red Wing, have a volunteer Fire Department. Why does Red Wing have a full-time one?
3. What is the difference between a firefighter and a paramedic?
4. What does it take to be a Red Wing fire fighter / paramedic?
5. How many people are on each shift and why are there that many?
6. How many calls does Red Wing respond to annually?
7. What do firefighters do when not responding to a call?
8. Why do the ambulance and fire truck respond to the same call?
9. Why does the ambulance stay on the scene of an accident or incident?
10. What does the Red Wing Fire Department do for fundraising?
11. Can I burn in Red Wing?