Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?
Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 911 operator. The Wayzata Fire Department thinks over-cautiously when they respond to citizens in need of help. In other words, the firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. Discovering that we need more units once we arrive is often too late.

We have learned from experience that it’s better to have too much help than not enough.

A structure fire requires a number of people to do all the assigned tasks. Firefighting teams are assigned certain responsibilities such as fire extinguishment, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, safety, accountability and rapid intervention teams when firefighters become trapped or injured.

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1. How big is the Wayzata Fire Department?
2. Is assistance from the fire department going to cost me?
3. Why can't I park in the fire lane? Obviously, if the building is on fire, I'll go move my car.
4. Can the Fire Department fill fire extinguishers?
5. What size fire extinguisher do I need for my home or business?
6. I need to get rid of some old gasoline, paint, and other hazardous waste products. Does the Fire Department take these items?
7. Why does the Fire Department respond with the North Memorial Ambulance to motor vehicle accidents?
8. Why do fire trucks respond to emergency medical calls?
9. When an emergency vehicle is approaching while I'm driving, should I always pull over to the right and stop?
10. I have noticed a "flood light" blinking at an intersection when fire trucks are approaching, what is this?
11. Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?
12. Why do firefighters break windows and cut holes in a roof during a fire? It seems that they are causing more damage.