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Rochester Fire Department prepares for city growth

Rochester Fire Department may need to expand to accommodate city growth.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017 5:59 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - New reports show the Destination Medical Center initiative has already created over 3,000 jobs since 2014. 

The project's goal is to make Rochester the medical epicenter on both the national and international level. 

The plan estimates to bring 30,000 jobs to Rochester. 

City departments may need to adjust to a growing city. 

"Everybody's concerned about DMC and what the impact's going to be. It's simplistically it's going to mean more complexity for us, and higher call volume," Greg Martin, Rochester Fire Chief, said. 

He said the planning department projects population growth so they can have enough staff accordingly. 

Today, the department is a staff of 109 people, but they may need more. 

"More people, more bodies, I mean it's a labor intense profession and we're going to need additional assets and additional crews for the increased call volume," Martin said. 

He also said some of the challenges will be responding to an increased call volume and getting around new, complex buildings. 

The department sees on average a 4.2% in call volume each year. 

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