Minneapolis Fire Department May Consider Sending SUVs on Medical Calls

Updated: 12/03/2013 6:15 AM
Created: 12/02/2013 4:52 PM
By: Joe Mazan

 The Minneapolis Fire Department longtime policy of sending out a fire truck on every call could be changing.

A $250,000 proposed pilot program would use an emergency-equipped SUV to handle medical calls in some parts of the city.

The City of Roseville already sends out SUV's on all medical calls. Fire Chief Tim O'Neill tells KSTP, the vehicles are easier to use and better on the budget, but there's one drawback- they can't fight fires.

The Minneapolis Firefighters Union tells KSTP they may support the use of SUV's but would be concerned that no staff be lost under the plan. Only 4 percent of the Minneapolis Fire Department runs last year involved fighting a fire.

The Minneapolis City Council will likely vote on the pilot program later this month.

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