Two local fire departments are becoming one


ALBERT LEA, Minn.- The Albert Lea Fire Department and the Albert Lea Township Fire Department  are coming together.

15 Township Firefighters will become paid on-call firemen for the ALFD.

The city of Albert Lea isn’t the only fire departments that are merging together.

“You’re going to see mergers all over,” said Dwaine Winkels, Albert Lea Director of Public Safety. “The biggest challenge is finding on-call firemen. There just aren’t as many and we’re all fighting for the same pool of resources.”

This merger will provide the best service for those in need in Freeborn County.

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