A bit of excitement in the coffee shop this morning: guy collapsed with what appeared to be an epileptic fit. Clerk was on the phone in a heartbeat, presumably to call 911. Response time: 4-5 minutes, at which point the victim had the services of both a paramedic paddywagon and a hook-and-ladder firetruck.
I know next to nothing about emergency operations--and honest, I am not complaining--but I guess I don't get the point of sending the fire laddies for this kind of emergency. I suppose it is comforting to know that, in these troubled times, we still have a firetruck and a paramedic paddywagon.
Afterthought: This is a college town. Maybe the victim had just seen this.