|A collaboration between communities resulted in a fire district.|
They also knew that for many cities, the collaboration discussion was more about being able to provide quality and responsive emergency service than it was about saving money. The recruitment and retention issues for EMS and fire departments are real—as is maintaining safe staffing levels and dealing with officer turnover for the police departments.
One of the successful collaborations they discussed was the Cloquet Area Fire District. The fire district is the result of cities of Cloquet, Scanlon, and Peach Lake Township coming together to jointly provide fire and EMS service. The district has been operating since January 1, 2009 and received a 2013 Bush Foundation’s “Prize for Community Innovation.”
|The fire district's headquarters are in Scanlon.|
When our roundtable discussion concluded, I told the group that when I left Chief Schroeder’s office that day in April, I realized he had never used the pronoun “I.”
Here is link to a four-minute video on the District, as well as the District’s website:
Responder Safety = Public Safety
Up next…The 2014 LMC Law Summaries—What Impacts Public Safety
In the meantime, stay safe and be careful.