Why do I see firefighters at stores when they are working?

To ensure the most effective service at the time of an emergency, our crews must remain in their designated response territory with the fire trucks during their entire shift. Our crews work 24-hour shifts with no scheduled breaks and meals are not provided by the Town. Oftentimes, the crew will pool their money together, shop at the grocery store, then prepare their own meals. Many times, the crew will decide to dine out at a local restaurant or purchase food from a local restaurant and bring it back to the station. Sometimes they receive a call while shopping for food or dining out, which means they leave directly from the grocery store or restaurant and return later to finish their shopping or their meal.  Also, you may see Fire Department vehicles at local businesses on official business such as inspections, performing training or education, answering questions or complaints, or even shopping for needed fire department supplies and equipment.

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1. Are fireworks illegal?
2. Can you safely plug a 3 prong electrical plug into a 2 prong electrical outlet?
3. Do you provide and install smoke detectors?
4. May I use a chimenea, patio warmer, or any other portable wood-burning device used for outdoor recreation or heating? Outdoor masonry fireplaces?
5. May I have a campfire?
6. My neighbor thinks the smoke created by my outdoor fireplace stinks. Is this considered a nuisance, and can I be prohibited from using it solely because he/she objects to the odor?
7. When can I be required to extinguish an outdoor recreational fire?
8. May I dispose of my yard debris and clippings by burning them?
9. May I pile debris and burn it for land clearing?
10. Can my church youth group have a bonfire?
11. Can I use sky lanterns at my daughter’s outdoor wedding?
12. Why do I see firefighters at stores when they are working?
13. Why do I see fire fighters running at the local park or taking the fire truck to the gym?
14. Why do firefighters break all the windows during a fire?
15. Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents -- more lanes than are necessary?
16. Why does a fire truck show up when I call for EMS?
17. Why do firefighters get upset when you drive over fire hoses?
18. Can I get my blood pressure taken at the firehouse?
19. Why do I see fire trucks from neighboring communities in Fuquay-Varina on calls?
20. Does the fire department service fire extinguishers?
21. What type of fire extinguishers and how many are recommended for the home?
22. Where can I purchase a fire extinguisher?
23. Will the fire department come to my home and fill my swimming pool?
24. How can I request firefighters for a school visit or public event?
25. What is an ISO rating?
26. What is the Fuquay-Varina Fire Department ISO rating?
27. Why do fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through red lights at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
28. How many smoke detectors should I have and where should they be placed?
29. Do you get cats out of trees or rescue other animals?
30. Why do so many fire trucks respond to simple incidents?