Duluth City Council Votes Down Fire. Dept. Proposals

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council voted down two proposals for the fire department at Monday night’s council meeting.

The vote to approve needed to be unanimous.  Councilor Jay Fosle was the lone vote against.

The first proposal was for more turnout gear for firefighters. The back-up gear is necessary while smoke-filled gear is cleaned to rid it of cancer-causing chemicals, according to Chief Dennis Edwards.

The other proposal asked for a third deputy fire chief. This deputy chief would be in charge of the training division.

“It’ll create better oversight of the training division, which in turn will create more training and better training for our firefighters so they can be safer and serve the public better,” said Chief Edwards.

Edwards said that oversight would include the state hazmat team, drone program, and a new all-hazards response boat.

Councilor Zack Filipovich says the proposals may go to a referendum.

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