What other responsibilities do firefighters have other than fighting fires?
Firefighting actually represents a relatively small portion of the work of a typical fire department in today’s world. The number of residential and commercial fires has steadily decreased over the years due to a variety of factors, including improvements in construction, a greater public awareness of the risk factors leading to fires, and a significant reduction in smoking nationwide. Fires, however, are only some of the emergencies to which the Edmond Fire Department responds. Seventy percent of the Fire Department’s emergency responses are, in fact, calls for medical aid, including illness / accidents at home and work, injuries resulting from vehicle accidents, and other medical trauma in Edmond.

Other calls for emergency response involve hazardous materials releases, response to fire alarms, and other calls for public assistance. Firefighters also spend quite a bit of time maintaining equipment, performing target hazard inspections for businesses, training for all types of emergency responses, and filling out the reports and paperwork associated with these activities.

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1. What other responsibilities do firefighters have other than fighting fires?
2. Why did you chop that big hole in my roof? The fire was in the kitchen, not the attic!
3. Why does the fire engine respond when a request is made for an ambulance for a person with a medical condition?
4. Are there smoke alarms needed in my home?
5. How often do I need to change the battery in my smoke alarm?
6. Why does an emergency vehicle respond with lights and siren and then turn them off?
7. Why are there fire trucks or ambulances parked at the grocery store?
8. Are fireworks legal in the City of Edmond?
9. Is it legal to burn trash/leaves inside the City of Edmond?
10. How can I obtain a residential Burn Permit?