Is this happening to your Volunteer Fire Department? Increased demand for your time; training, meetings, mandates, reports, fund raising and oh yes, all the calls for service too!
CITY OF LAKE ELMO
City Council adds two part-time firefighters
The Lake Elmo City Council has added two part-time firefighters to fill in from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Saturdays, in an effort to stem concerns about possible shortages of volunteer firefighters during emergencies. “Our numbers are dropping significantly,” Fire Chief Greg Malmquist told the City Council recently. Malmquist said an average of 14 volunteers responded to calls in 2012, but now fewer than five do so. In a growing number of instances, he said, a city fire truck will respond to a call with only one person on board.
In June, the department had 42 calls of which 27 were “medicals” and one was a structure fire. Three were car accidents with injuries and one was a water rescue. The majority of fire calls in the city of about 8,800 residents happen in daytime hours, Malmquist said. Council Member Julie Fliflet indicated interest in forming an east metro fire district to share costs and equipment. Malmquist said it would be difficult to combine services, training and pay structures but said it could be done. “I don’t think there’s a fire chief in Washington County today who would discourage a countywide fire department,” he said. KEVIN GILES
Credit – StarTribune 07/30/2017 North & East Extra Edition