ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twelve Minnesota fire departments were recently honored nationally for keeping their communities safer by actively promoting fire prevention.
More than 140 departments from 34 states received Life Safety Achievement Awards from The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation. Only North Carolina had more recipients than Minnesota.
To qualify for the award, fire departments must:
- Have zero fire deaths in residential structures or a 10 percent reduction from the previous year.
- Demonstrate commitment to preventing residential fires in their communities.
- Have an active fire prevention program.
“Minnesota firefighters truly understand the importance of preventing fires. They know the safest fire to handle is the one that never starts,” State Fire Marshal Bruce West said. “These awards highlight the hard work that happens in every corner of the state to keep Minnesotans safe.”
Minnesota award recipients:
- Alexandria Fire Department
- Brainerd Fire Department
- Chaska Fire Department
- Hastings Fire Department
- Eden Prairie Fire Department
- Excelsior Fire District
- Maple Grove Fire-Rescue
- Minnetonka Fire Department
- Moorhead Fire Department
- Roseville Fire Department
- Spring Lake Fire Department
- White Bear Lake Fire Department
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the State Fire Marshal Division
The mission of the State Fire Marshal Division is to protect lives and property by fostering a fire-safe environment through fire/arson investigation, code development and enforcement, regulation, data collection and public education. Data collected by the SFMD from fire departments statewide is analyzed and used to determine the best methods of public education and enforcement to improve fire safety in our state.