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DPS commissioner attends Duluth Fire Officer School

Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington has been out in the community meeting with first responders. He recently attended the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association Fire Officer School in Duluth where more than 250 fire service leaders attended advanced training. Check out these photos from the event.  ​


An escape plan could save your life

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This story​ about four children escaping an overnight house fire in southern Minnesota is a great reminder the importance of practicing your fire escape plan with your children. It could save their lives.

Smoke alarms save lives but only if they work

​People die every year in Minnesota homes where smoke alarms are absent or not properly working. 

Those deaths are preventable, which is why State Fire Marshal Bruce West urges everyone to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly. Batteries should be changed at least once a year. Alarms should be replaced after 10 years. Learn more about smoke alarms in this fact sheet.


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Video Description: Working smoke alarms gave a Paynesville woman and her granddaughter the critical seconds needed to safely escape a burning home.