Why do I see firefighters at stores when they are working?
Firefighters work a 24 hour shift and must remain in the station or a fire department vehicle available for emergency response at all times. Therefore, all of the firefighter’s meals are eaten in the station. Firefighters are permitted to go to the store during the day to purchase items needed for these meals.
At other times, Lancaster Fire Department vehicles are at local businesses while on official business such as inspections, performing training or education, or even answering questions or complaints. There are many public services performed by your fire department on a daily basis.
Finally, firefighters also routinely shop for needed fire department supplies and equipment.
Take advantage of this opportunity to interact with the firefighters and ask questions. Just don't be offended if they have to rush off.

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1. What other responsibilities do firefighters have other than fighting fires?
2. Why does the Fire Department bring the fire engine just for a simple inspection?
3. Why do I see firefighters at stores when they are working?
4. Why do fire trucks sometimes turn off their lights and sirens after going through an intersection?
5. I called 9-1-1 for a medical emergency and fire apparatus came to my home?
6. When I see an emergency vehicle approaching with lights and sirens while I am driving, what should I do?
7. Why do firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs when the fire is inside a building? It seems that they are causing more damage than the fire?
8. What type of extinguishers and how many are recommended for the home?
9. Are electric space heaters legal and are they safe?