Minnesota Fire Department Won’t Respond To Calls Due To COVID-19

A fire department in McCleod County is suspending service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Plato Fire Department suspended operations at 8 p.m. Tuesday, meaning it won’t be responding to emergency calls in the community it serves, which has about 320 people, the department said on Facebook Wednesday.  The fire chief made this decision after three-quarters […]

Firefighters: Reject ‘Browning Out’ Stations

During pre-COVID-19 times, the East County Fire & Rescue board of commissioners’ special meeting to discuss staffing issues would likely have been standing-room only. Instead, when callers joined the virtual board meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, a voice simply announced: “There are more than 20 participants in the meeting.” Most were there for just one […]