The study looks at the number of firefighters in the state between 2008-2012 and reports that 56% of Minnesota’s counties had a reduction in the number of volunteer and paid-on-call firefighters. Ninety percent of those counties were outside of the metro area, and 77% of the fire relief associations that serve communities with populations of less than 4,000 reported a 10% reduction in their number of firefighters.
The report contains three major findings:
- Retention and recruitment of firefighters is a local problem requiring local solutions and resources.
- Rural areas are more likely to experience difficulty recruiting and retaining firefighters.
- Additional information is needed at the state level in order to provide the most impactful support to local communities.
The full study—including a comparison with neighboring states—can be found online here:
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