This is a very good question that could have many answers.
First of all, there is a steady influx of new employees at the BSFD. As part of the initial and on-going training, new firefighters are required to learn how to safely operate both the ambulances and fire units. The best way to accomplish this is to allow them to operate these vehicles under direct supervision of a more experienced firefighter.
Secondly, the firefighter may be learning a particular part of town by driving that area to familiarize themselves with the streets, dips, curves, etc.
Lastly, the department performs periodic checks of fire hydrants throughout town. This includes checking hydrants for damage, paint condition, location, etc. Citizens can rest assured that all units are available for immediate response to an emergency, if needed. Please call 432-264-2304, for more information.