Why do an Oldsmar fire truck and a Sunstar ambulance respond to medical calls?
The City of Oldsmar Fire Rescue staffs its emergency apparatus with cross trained firefighter paramedics who serve as the Advanced Life Support first responders to 911 calls for medical assistance, rescues and vehicle crashes. The Pinellas County ambulance service, Sunstar, is also dispatched to provide patient transport to the hospital if necessary. The ambulance is staffed with a paramedic as well and is capable of taking over patient care from the Fire Department. In serious cases, the fire rescue paramedic may ride in the ambulance to the hospital as well to lend assistance. This system provides the fastest response to those in need and allows the fire rescue unit to be available to respond to the next emergency call.

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1. How do I report an emergency where I need the Fire Department, an ambulance, or the Sheriff’s Department?
2. When a call is made to 911, how long before emergency help arrives?
3. If Oldsmar Fire Rescue units are on a call and another 911 call is received, who responds?
4. Why do an Oldsmar fire truck and a Sunstar ambulance respond to medical calls?
5. When I was transported to the hospital, why wasn't I taken to the hospital of my choice?
6. How do the firefighters know when they have an emergency call?
7. How many people work for the City of Oldsmar Fire Rescue?
8. What type of education or certification is needed to become an Oldsmar firefighter?
9. Does the fire department have any volunteer firefighting opportunities?
10. Is it possible to get a tour of the fire station and see the fire trucks?
11. Will you inspect my fire extinguisher?
12. Does the Fire Department offer any public education courses such as CPR?
13. Do you inspect the installation of baby car safety seats?
14. Does the Fire Department do home fire safety inspections?
15. What is the city's ISO Public Protection Classification?