Why does a fire engine come when I call for an Ambulance?

When the Pelham Fire Department is dispatched on a medical call an Engine will go on the call with the ambulance in order to help the ambulance crew with carrying equipment, setting up equipment, moving the patient to the ambulance, etc. In Pelham you will generally, depending on staffing get 2 Firefighter/EMT's on the Ambulance and 2 Firefighter/EMT's on the Engine. This allows us treat the patient to the best of our abilities.