Chicago's Fire Department has only half as many ambulances as it has fire vehicles, but it gets 20 times more medical calls than fire calls these days. Monica Eng/WBEZ hide caption

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Why Send A Firetruck To Do An Ambulance's Job?

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Amy Thomson holds 2-month-old Isla in Seattle Children's Hospital in early 2014. When the Thomson family learned Isla's heart was failing, they took an air ambulance from Butte, Mont., to Seattle to get medical care. Courtesy of the Thomson family hide caption

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Lifesaving Flights Can Come With Life-Changing Bills

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Ambulances fill a parking lot at the DaVita Dialysis Center in Paterson, N.J., on May 31. Andrew Renneisen/Courtesy of ProPublica hide caption

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