Why does the Woodland Fire Department (WFD) respond to medical emergencies?

In California today, most, if not all, fire departments respond to medical emergencies as a standard of care. Fire Department response to medical emergencies is part of a strategic countywide emergency medical response system. Fire engines are geographically located to arrive to emergency medical incidents within 4 minutes of travel time from the station. The goal is 4 minutes 90% of the time. 

Medical transport ambulances are operated by American Medical Response (AMR) as part of their exclusive operating agreement within Yolo County. AMR provides advanced life support (ALS) and transport services, and are required to arrive within 8 minutes, 90% of the time. This standard means the WFD will arrive on-scene quicker than AMR in most cases to provide patient assessment, and begin basic life support services including CPR and early defibrillation, if needed, until the ambulance arrives.

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1. How do I request a fire incident report?
2. How do I schedule an inspection with Fire Prevention?
3. How do I schedule a tour of the Fire Station or get the Fire Department to come to my event?
4. Is today a burn day?
5. Can I burn yard waste in the City or County limits?
6. Who can I call regarding information on my smoke detector?
7. My neighbor has dry weeds that are a fire hazard. What can be done to make them take care of the weeds?
8. What services does the Woodland Fire Department (WFD) provide?
9. If a large incident occurs and the Woodland Fire Department needs more firefighters, where do you go to get them?
10. Why do Firefighters go everywhere together and always take the fire engine?
11. What is the Response Area for the Woodland Fire Department (WFD)?
12. Why does the Woodland Fire Department (WFD) respond to medical emergencies?
13. What level of medical care does the Woodland Fire Department (WFD) provide?
14. How is the Fire Department Staffed?
15. What do our firefighters do each day?
16. When do firefighters sleep?
17. How long does it take for the Woodland Fire Department (WFD) to respond to an emergency?