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Fire! - Hold on. I Have to Set Down My Beer.

By: Rachele Cermak

Volunteer firefighters in New Ulm now are allowed to consume alcohol at fire station buildings, the City Council decided 4-1 Tuesday.

The decision raised many concerns among nationwide firefighter organizations.

The New Ulm publication, The Journal, described the tone of locals hasn't changed. Some, there, feel there isn't a difference from stopping at a bar before arriving or allowing the alcohol to be consumed at the fire station.

The four council members in approval of the measure didn't let the Assistant City Attorney, Roger Hippert, statement of allowing firefighters to drink alcoholic beverages essentially on the job could raise "some serious concerns about liability" stop their decision.

It was the last item on the agenda, yet seemed to heat up conversation.