How come so many fire trucks show up?

Firefighters perform extremely labor intensive functions while wearing approximately 75 pounds of protective gear. The air tanks they carry provide 30 minutes worth of air. More personnel respond to allow the rotation in and out of a fire. This is safer as it allows firefighters to rest for several minutes until they are ready to return to the fire.
Recent studies have indicated it takes around 20-25 firefighters to put out a structure fire.

Why is it necessary for Fire Fighters to break windows and cut holes in a roof?

As a fire burns, it moves upward and outward. Breaking the windows and/or cutting holes in the roof (called ventilation) stops the damaging outward movement and enables firefighters to fight the fire more efficiently and safely.

Why does a fire truck respond with the ambulance?

Both ambulances and fire trucks are staffed by cross trained firefighter/paramedics and firefighter/EMT's. A fire truck is dispatched with the ambulance on many calls for additional manpower or resources. In some cases the fire truck may be closer and can initiate medical care before the arrival of the ambulance.

Together, the fire truck and ambulance crews make a highly efficient team to provide you with an unsurpassed level of care.

Why do I sometimes see fire trucks or ambulances running with their lights and sirens on, and then suddenly they turn them off?

Lights and sirens are only used when responding to an emergency call. If another apparatus reaches the call first, additional apparatus may be cancelled or continue to the call in a non-emergency mode.

When I am driving and I am approached by an emergency vehicle, what should I do?

When you notice an approaching emergency vehicle, IMMEDIATELY pull to the right and stop. If you are approaching an intersection and see an emergency vehicle that is approaching the intersection from behind you or another direction, come to a stop preferably one or two car lengths back from the intersection

How do I check my smoke alarm?

Each smoke alarm has a test button. Press the test button and hold it for a few seconds. If it is working correctly, the alarm will sound and will automatically stop when you release the button. Remember to test your smoke detector monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. If your smoke alarm is over 10 years old it needs to be replaced with a new unit


To report a controlled burn please call the Parker County Fire Marshal's Office at 817-598-0969

Thank You

For further information please contact our Fire Chief Mike Lenoir  at Willow Park Fire Department  101 Stagecoach Trail Willow Park, Texas 76087, by phone at 817-441-8020 or by email at

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