Brainerd City Council Votes To Have 'On-Call' Fire DepartmentThe Brainerd City Council has unanimously voted to change the way it staffs its fire department. City Council President Gary Scheeler confirmed they voted seven to nothing Monday night to eliminate the five full time firefighters and, instead, have a paid on-call staff.
Bill Seeks To Protect Firefighters From Chemicals Linked To CancerA bill to better protect Minnesota's firefighters from an invisible danger has been introduced at the state Capitol. The proposal would ban cancer-causing chemicals from furniture and children's products.
Are Flame Retardants Causing Cancer In Firefighters?They're trained to run into burning buildings and save lives, but Minnesota firefighters are facing a silent danger long after the flames are out. Studies show more than half of all line-of-duty deaths in firefighting are now caused by cancer. It's a diagnosis Minnesota firefighters know all too well.
Firefighters Call For Regulations On Harmful ChemicalsFlames aren't the only threat to Minnesota firefighters. The group 'Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters' joined lawmakers and health advocates at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon to talk about the dangers of toxic chemicals. The group wants stronger regulation of chemicals like flame retardants, which can cause cancer.