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How come I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?

As explained in the previous answer, sometimes several units are dispatched to the same incident. The first unit may have arrived on the scene, surveyed the situation and informed the dispatcher that the situation was under control. All other responding units were canceled and put back into service, ready to take another call.

Most likely, when you see an emergency vehicle go “Code 3” (lights and siren) through an intersection and then slow down and turn the emergency lights off, they have been canceled from the call they were going on.

How do I get a fire permit?
Call North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (AQMD) at (707) 443-3093

How do I get information about the Youth Firesetter Program?
Call Fire Prevention at (707) 441-4000

Tell me about Fire Safety Inspections for my business
Business inspections are conducted annually by the Eureka Fire Department

What do I do with old gasoline/oil/paint that I don’t want?

Call the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at (707) 441-2005 or Humboldt County Environmental Health at (707) 268-2225

Where do I call to get CPR classes?
Call Eureka Fire Department at (707) 441-4000

Who do I call about a fire extinguisher that doesn’t work?
Call Fire Prevention at (707) 441-4000 or check the Yellow Pages under Fire Extinguishers

Who do I call if I have problems with bees?

The Eureka Fire Department does not remove bees unless there is imminent danger to a person. If such a situation exists, firefighters destroy the bees and the hives. To have bees removed, look in the Yellow Pages under Beekeepers.

Who do I call to get sand bags?
Sand bags can be purchased at Nilsen Feed Company located at 502 Broadway, (707) 442-3741.

Why do firefighters get upset when you drive over firehose?

Firefighters are very much concerned about running over firehose because the hose can be damaged and any firefighter at the end of a nozzle will have the water interrupted and possibly cause injury or death. (THE FIREHOSE IS THE LIFELINE OF A FIREFIGHTER WHEN FIGHTING A FIRE)

Why do firefighters shop at the local grocery stores?

Firefighters are like everyone else. We need to eat. We work all shift and must supply our own food. Sometimes we combine our money to purchase the food for our meals.

Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?
This is called “venting the roof”. There are two basic reasons for this practice. Dangerous gases and dark smoke accumulate in a burning building. Unlike the movie versions of fires, it is impossible for firefighters to see in such an environment. When a hole is made in the roof because the building is “vented,” the smoke and gases escape because heat and smoke rise. It makes it much easier for the firefighters in the building to see. It also reduces the possibilities of backdraft and flashover. Another reason for venting the roof is to see how far the fire has progressed. One of the fastest avenues through which fires spread is the attic. Heat and smoke rise into the attic where the fire can move quickly. Firefighters may go ahead of the fire on a roof, cut holes to access the attic and stop the fire from spreading through the attic

Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?

Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 9-1-1 operator. The Eureka Fire Department thinks pessimistically when they respond to citizens in need of help. In other words, the firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. They are fast, well-trained and pleasant in their response.

A computer selects the closest unit to respond to an incident. The fire department’s philosophy is to get our firefighters there as soon as possible.

There may be three fire department vehicles on the scene for what appears to be a “simple” incident. However, in emergency services we have learned that if we assume something is “simple,” we can be horribly mistaken. Plus, we respond as fast as we can prepare to encounter the worst. The winner in these situations will always be the citizen who needs help.

Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents, more than are necessary?

We block traffic lanes for the safety of our personnel and our patients. Blocking extra lanes keep our personnel safety when they go back to our apparatus to get more equipment and help protect the victim we are trying to stabilize.

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