Firefighters are the first people we call when we smell smoke or see flames. We rely on them to save our homes and loved ones, while they put their own lives at risk. On Monday, more than a dozen local and state leaders got a sense of what goes into fighting fires by getting a hands-on look at the different roles of the job.
After a WCCO-TV investigation exposed what 911 operators call dangerous staffing levels in Minneapolis, first responders are demanding answers.
As the city of Minneapolis tries to balance its books, the fire department is trying to balance out crews. Last month, budget woes forced the department to layoff six firefighters.
The city announced Tuesday that 10 firefighters will be laid off due to budget issues. They will be served layoff notices on Monday, Aug. 14, and will be out of work on Sept. 14.