Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 9-1-1 operator. The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department believes in being prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. Discovering that we need more units once we arrive is often too late. We have learned from experience that it is better to have too much help on the way than not enough. For example, a structure fire requires a minimum of 18 personnel and various specialized equipment to perform all of the needed tasks. Firefighting teams are assigned certain responsibilities such as fire extinguishment, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, safety, accountability and rapid intervention teams when firefighters become trapped or injured.