I've heard (and from what I've seen, this seems to be accurate) that anytime there is an ambulance call in Madison, a fire truck always accompanies the ambulance, just in case.
Is this true? And if so, why? The rationale I've heard is that it's a 'better safe than sorry' sort of policy. On the other hand, there's a nursing home down the street from where I work--I've seen an ambulance pull up (presumably to transport a resident), with a fire truck following behind--that seems an unnecessary use of resources.
Not being critical, just something I've been curious about for awhile, but haven't had a good opportunity in which to ask about it.
As an aside, a number of years ago, I lived in a house that had a major late-night house fire that involved some of my housemates being pulled of a balcony by the MFD. It was a truly sucktacular night, although everyone got out safely--and the professionalism, courtesy, and kindness of the first responders that night (both MFD and MPD), and of the MFD in the days after (as we were let in to retrieve belongings, and as they investigated the fire) has really stuck with me. I never got around to sending a thank-you note at the time, so if you'd pass that along to the current Chief, that would be wonderful.