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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did they send a fire truck when I called 9-1-1 for an ambulance?

A 9-1-1 medical call triggers two events: a call to the Tuscaloosa Fire & Rescue Service and a call to an ambulance service. Tuscaloosa’s 11 fire stations are located to provide the best coverage, so firefighters often arrive within only a few minutes.

  • All Tuscaloosa firefighters can help you in any emergency, from a broken bone to a life-threatening situation such as cardiac arrest, stroke and trauma.
  • All are trained in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
  • The fire engine that comes to your home is equipped with an AED, oxygen, oral glucose and other medical supplies.
  • Our engines have equipment to enter locked houses, remove car doors, free victims from a dangerous environment and more.