DanB that's a great question. Because a department like Shrewsbury is so short staffed, when they do such non emergency things such as inspections or training, they need to travel with everything needed for an emergency. For example when they take a firetruck and 2 fireman to do an inspection, they may need to respond to an emergency from that inspection. It would be unwise to go back to the fire station to get the truck.
Most departments have staff positions, or positions set aside for non emergency tasks. In Shrewsbury the fireman who do the emergency calls do everything else too. View Comment