Why would 5 firefighters respond to a medical call?
I actually heard recently it’s because of their unions...
I read a while back there are 2x as many firefighter/paramedics handling half the fires/accidents as 30 yrs ago.
Here in suburban Indianapolis they appear to spend a significant amount of time in the local WalMart loading shopping carts with massive amounts of food.
Where I live, usually 8 first responders show up: The firetruck driver, his navigator, the guy who holds the map, the guy who lifts the coffee cup up for the navigator, the air conditioning switch monitor, the backseat driver, the trauma psychologist, and one paramedic.
Maybe they got tired sending two paramedics and finding out the patient was 350 lbs.
Also, if you've got 5 available back at the firehouse and not sure what you're getting into, why not bring them along? They can respond to other calls from anywhere within a city.