Strains noted in Minneapolis Fire Department

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 4, 2012 - 8:11 AM

Report raises concerns about low morale, aging equipment and staffing in Minneapolis department.

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totaltruthJul. 3, 1210:35 PM

""Typically, it said, fire departments of similar size and character average 60 to 96 hours of sick leave per year, while the Minneapolis Fire Department averages 292.2 hours.""

This is relatively typical of all public employees.. Abuse and take advantage as the system allows...

They perpetuate the stereotypes associated with public employees... and prove that these stereotypes are typically TRUE!!!!

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akmscottJul. 3, 1210:43 PM

Do I see big fat raises coming?The unions always pick the best times don't they?

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BillyHeywoodJul. 3, 1211:05 PM

Just every other aspect of this country, maybe we can actually do something to fix problems once the baby boomers are out of the way.

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jpryceJul. 3, 1211:05 PM

"Many of the problems in the report appear to be related to the city's budget squeeze" But at least the City of Minneapolis and it's residents are getting a new football stadium for the Vikings at the bargain price $675,000,000. Thanks RT & Minneapolis City Council!

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erikj3Jul. 3, 1211:36 PM

I know how to solve this problem! Build a billion dollar stadium for an out of state billionaire!

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ginny6Jul. 3, 1211:41 PM

This is what the right wingers want, isn't it? Demonize and gut anything public, then claim that it's ineffective. Vote out the anti-government zealots! Let's get back to having a proud, accomplished society!

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eaglefhlJul. 3, 1211:50 PM

Can't fund the Fire department but we can fund a stadium. Guess we all know what the City Council and Mayor's priorities are; and its not pulic safety.

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geezhoffJul. 4, 1212:04 AM

Whaaa. Most of the public sector is experiencing cutbacks like everyone else. The firefighters always carry disporportionate influence. Just my opinion, but I always thought these cats were overpaid (relatively speaking) given their education and qualifications for other jobs. The fact that the waiting list to be a fighterfighter is as long as it is speaks volumes. In a true meritocracy, city planners and public health professionals would be getting paid more than figherfighters. But tradition is powerful.

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minn12Jul. 4, 1212:12 AM

What good is having personnel if they are always 'out sick'. The Mpls dept. staff use about 3 times more sick leave than the average department? That's outrageous. And the union claims firefighters can use up sick leave hours before they retire? I thought they could use accumulated vacation time prior to retirement, but not sick leave. This needs to be investigated. Time to start requiring doctors statements for those who use excessive sick leave.

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fman08Jul. 4, 1212:33 AM

IS THERE A SCHISM BETWEEN THE FIRE CHIEF AND THE ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF? THEY DON'T APPEAR TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE. MUST BE DIFFICULT TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE SERVICES TO THE TAXPAYERS WHEN THE ADMINISTRATORS ARE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE!

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