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Cottage Grove public safety response times down

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The Cottage Grove Public Safety Department is taking a unique approach to adapting to the changing times of emergency response.

For more than four decades, the department relied heavily on police to be the first on-scene, with medical and fire personnel arriving shortly after. But an aging population and high attrition rate forced the department to make a change.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
(651) 459-4629
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