Why do Firefighters chop holes in walls?
Fire can get behind a wall and travel upwards, which happens often in older homes. Firefighters must open the wall to check for fire. If fire is discovered, the two adjoining wall spaces must also be opened and checked.

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1. What are the current staffing levels of the Healdsburg Fire Department?
2. Do you refill or recharge fire extinguishers?
3. How come I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
4. What type of shifts do Healdsburg firefighters generally work?
5. Where can I get information about becoming a Reserve Firefighter with the Healdsburg Fire Department?
6. Why are the fire engines left running on calls?
7. Why do fire engines respond to car accidents, even when they didn't look serious?
8. Why do fire engines respond with ambulances?
9. Why do Firefighters chop holes in walls?
10. Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?
11. Why do so many apparatus respond to simple incidents?
12. Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents, more lanes than are necessary?
13. Will I be billed for fire or emergency medical services?
14. Will the department come out and inspect or replace the batteries in the smoke detector in the home of my elderly mother?