Why does it take three or four firefighters to go shopping? Why are they shopping?

Firefighters are required to stay together at all times in case we have to respond to an emergency. Mission readiness to serve the community is our #1 priority. If we aren’t all together, we aren’t able to quickly respond when someone needs us. It also gives us an opportunity to interact with our community, give tours of the fire engine and answer questions people may have.

Firefighters shop because meals are not provided for us, we have to buy our own food. The taxpayers do not buy our food, we do. We are on shift for a 24 hour period and, of course, we have to eat during that time.