The following article was acquired from the KTOE website and was written by Ashley Hanley.
Five cities, Including Mankato, honored by the League of Minnesota Cities
(August 10, 2020 –St. Paul, MN) The League of Minnesota Cities recently selected five winning cities for 2020 City of Excellence honors. The awards recognize cities for outstanding programs or projects. Each winning city will receive a plaque, a check for $1,000, and recognition in League publications and promotional activities throughout the coming year.
Winning City of Excellence entries were chosen in each of three population categories, and two winners were selected in a special topical category.
City of Excellence – Topical: Fire Department Staffing and Coverage (2 winners selected)
City of Eagan
The City of Eagan hired Citygate consultants to perform a Fire Department Staffing, Emergency Medical Services, and Response Times study. The study concluded that the City’s current volunteer staffing model could no longer provide a system to meet the needs of an urban community with diverse risks to protect. It also concluded that the fire department should take primary responsibility for all EMS calls in Eagan, freeing-up the City’s police department to respond to police-based calls. The study recommended that Eagan should change to a mostly full-time career department, augmented by a small part-time firefighter force. Since the study, the City has changed from having 100+ paid-on-call firefighters to a combination staffed department with 30 part-time firefighters. Additionally, the City hired a total a total of 36 full-time Firefighter/EMT’s covering three fire stations 24/7.