Minneapolis closely eyes fire department cuts

Two Minneapolis City Council committees were to discuss how to improve the city's fire department Monday. Independent consultants found the department "consistently provides excellent service" but they also flagged some areas that need improvement. The report found eight of the city's 19 fire stations are in poor condition. It also found that Minneapolis has fewer firefighters per capita than other comparable cities.

The Minneapolis City Council this week is taking a closer look at the Fire Department.

The Council's committees on Public Safety and Ways & Means on Monday are reviewing the findings contained in a 200-plus page Fire Department evaluation conducted by Emergency Services Consulting International, MPR reports.

Cuts to the department have taken a toll, some observers believe.

Meanwhile, KSTP reports that one station has saved eight lives in one year.

Mark Lakosky, president of Minneapolis Firefighters Local 82, recently made the case for more investment in the department.

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