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Fire Investigations: We're Not in Hollywood Anymore

Photo of a fire investigator at a fire scene. The cause of a fire is a complex and time-consuming problem to solve, with lots of variables like the type of building and how many jurisdictions are involved.

Sometimes investigators are looking for something the size of a grain of sand, sifting painstakingly through ashes and dust to find it. Add to that the fact that they have to send anything they find to the lab for analysis, and it makes sense that fire investigations aren’t tied up in a neat little bow just hours or days after a fire. But that doesn’t stop the fire investigators from our State Fire Marshal Division from trying. After all, on average, a fire is reported every 37 minutes in Minnesota. That adds up to more than 12,000 per year.

Read the latest blog to find out why our fire investigators take such pride in doing a thorough and professional job.

​What's Your Sober Game Plan?

Photo of people discussing getting home safe after drinking.Super Bowl weekend is typically a challenging time on our roads with some people choosing to get behind the wheel after drinking. During a five year period (2011-2015), an average of 180 people were arrested for DWI during Super Bowl weekend.

With the big game in Minneapolis this year, an estimated 1 million people will come to the Twin Cities for the event and the days prior to the game.

To remind motorists to line up a sober ride, the Department of Public Safety teamed up with volunteer actors to spread awareness about the dangers of driving impaired and the importance of planning ahead. The commercial is currently running across the state through the Super Bowl both on television and online.

Minnesota’s Wireless and Emergency Alerts

Kevin Reed gives media interview on Emergency Alerts

When an emergency happens in Minnesota, it’s the responsibility of public safety to inform the public right away. The goal? To get the right information to the right people at the right time so they can make the right decisions. 

Minnesota counties, tribal nations and even the state accomplish this through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). 

Alerts on your cell phone are called wireless emergency alerts (or WEA) and alerts on the radio or TV are part of the emergency alert system (or EAS). Both are notifications sent through IPAWS.

Learn more about Minnesota’s system and how safeguards could prevent a false alarm.  

​Minnesotans Can Use Standard Driver's Licenses for Federal Purposes through Oct. 10, 2018

Photo of a sample Minnesota driver's license.Minnesotans can use their current driver’s licenses for federal purposes, including boarding commercial aircraft, through Oct. 10, 2018. That’s because the state asked for and received an extension to comply with the federal REAL ID requirements.

The Minnesota legislature passed a law that directs the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) to make REAL ID compliant drivers licenses available by Oct. 2018. DVS is working toward that deadline now.

DPS-DVS will provide more information on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant driver's license in the coming months. Get the latest info about REAL ID in Minnesota by checking out this DPS Blog post.

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Video Description: The Department of Public Safety teamed up with volunteer actors to spread awareness about the dangers of driving impaired.