Why do firefighters’ shop at the local grocery stores?

Firefighters work a 24-hour shift and must supply their own food. They combine their money to purchase food for meals. Often, you will see them at a grocery store in a fire engine. The only way the Troy Fire Department can ensure that firefighters will respond and arrive in an average of less than 4 minutes is by using the vehicle they respond in -- with all the firefighters present and available. Sometimes they receive a call while shopping for food, which means they leave directly from the grocery store and must come back later to finish their grocery shopping.

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1. Does the Fire Department help get cats down from trees?
2. How do I obtain a copy of the fire report after having a fire at my property?
3. How do you become a firefighter?
4. I saw a fire truck at a local supermarket, and some of the crew was inside buying food. Why do firefighters use fire trucks to tend to non-emergency business?
5. Is it illegal to burn leaves and brush on my property?
6. What should I do if I have questions about my ambulance bill or I am unable to pay my ambulance (Medic Unit) bill?
7. Why do firefighters break out window and cut holes in roof during a fire?
8. Why do firefighters get upset when you drive over fire hoses?
9. Why do firefighters’ shop at the local grocery stores?
10. The fire hydrant in front of my house has started to leak. Do you take care of that?
11. Why do you send a fire truck along with an ambulance (Medic Unit) to a medical emergency?
12. Why do so many fire trucks respond when we call 911?