Frequently Asked Questions
Why are the fire hydrants painted funny colors?
The fire hydrants are painted in accordance with national standards. The yellow helps the fire fighters easily locate a fire hydrant and the cap and bonnet color identifies the amount of water flow that can be expected out of the hydrant.
Why do you send fire apparatus on emergency medical responses?
In 1994, this fire district entered an agreement with Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, to provide first responder medical assistance on all life threatening emergencies.
Why do you have white fire trucks? Fire trucks are supposed to be red, aren't they?
White fire apparatus is a tradition of this fire district, which dates all the way back to 1955. In the late 1980's several studies were done, and it was determined that white fire apparatus had a higher visibility level on the roadways than the traditional red.
Why do other fire departments show up along with you?
You will see other departments arrive along with McMahan because of one of three reasons. We utilize many of the fire departments bordering us for Automatic Mutual Aid on high life hazard structures. Secondly, a department could be standing by and making additional responses for us because we are currently tied up on another emergency. Lastly, one of the recommendations from the Merger Task Force Public Safety Committee was that the Fire Departments utilize Closest Station Response.
My cat ran up a tree, and it can not climb down. Can I call the fire department to get the cat out of the tree?
This is not considered to be an emergency that our department is responsible for. In this situation, it is best to call a commercial tree service company. They have the expertise and the equipment to deal with this situation.