The St. Paul Fire Department followed the parth of the 4th of July community parade at St. Anthony Park, MN, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The parade had 52 entries and went along Como Avenue to Langford Park. (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE) ELIZABETH FLORES � firstname.lastname@example.org
I found the July 4 article "Strains noted in Fire Department" interesting. The subheadline "Report raises concerns about low morale, aging equipment and staffing in Minneapolis department" paints, I believe, a disappointing picture. Of the city's 19 stations, nine are listed as being in poor condition. Two were built in 1940, one in the '50s and four in the '60s. Every station built before 1982 is older than the Metrodome, a paid-for facility we are about to demolish to build yet another stadium. I don't share that priority. I wonder if most Minneapolis residents -- and Minnesotans in general -- if given a chance to vote would prefer to direct money toward new fire stations, new equipment and increased staff. Perhaps the residents of Duluth should tell the state they need a stadium. The money to rebuild their bridges and roads would, I am sure, be there quickly.