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Local Fire Departments Scrounging to Survive Financially

Local fire departments are struggling financially due to rising fuel costs and budget cuts. (Startribune.com)

Some intended remedies include replacing fire truck usage with pick-up trucks on daytime medical emergencies; the fire trucks get about four miles to the gallon. Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department is saving money by using geothermal heating and cooling, lightening their utility bills.