Some fire stations are staffed by full-time firefighters. These fire stations have offices and living areas for them. This is where they wait to be called out to an emergency. The firefighters often slide down a pole to get downstairs to the fire engine, as this is quicker than walking down a flight of stairs.
In a small towns and villages, a fire station may not have full-time firefighters. Instead, these stations have part-time or volunteer firefighters. When there is an emergency, they will drive to the fire station and bring out the fire engine.