When I call for an ambulance, why do I sometimes see an ambulance from another town?
The Village has mutual aid agreements with many neighboring towns so that calls are handled expeditiously. During the course of a day it is not unusual for two or three calls for an ambulance to come in at the same time. If all of Skokie’s ambulances are busy, one from the next available town will be dispatched.

You may see ambulances and equipment from Niles, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, Evanston or Wilmette. The mutual aid agreements work both ways; therefore, Skokie ambulances can be dispatched to the other municipalities.

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1. How does the strength of fire protection in the community affect property owner’s insurance policy premium?
2. When I call for an ambulance, why do I sometimes see an ambulance from another town?
3. When I call an ambulance, why does a fire engine also come?
4. Why do I see fire engines or ambulances go through intersections with their red lights flashing, and then turn them off? Are they just in a hurry to go somewhere?
5. The alarm on my carbon monoxide detector just went off, what do I do?
6. Why do firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs when the fire is inside a building?
7. I need to take a CPR course, does the Skokie Fire Department teach courses?
8. Where can I get my blood pressure checked?
9. Can I schedule a fire engine presentation or station tour?
10. How are members of the Skokie Fire Department hired?
11. What do firefighters do when they are not responding to fire or emergency medical calls?
12. When I see an emergency vehicle approaching while I am driving, should I always pull over to the right and stop?