SFM Logo

State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

What's New?

Minnesota fire departments receive federal grants

Dozens of Minnesota fire departments have received federal grants totaling more than $7.6 million.

​The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are awarded to departments across the country to help with emergency response needs. Seven departments received notice last week with other Minnesota departments learning about their grants as early as January. 

Here is the list of grant recipients​

Learn more about the AFG grants from FEMA

Fire departments have plenty to offer at open houses

Many Minnesota departments hold open houses in the late summer and early fall. Open houses are a great way to meet your local firefighters and learn about what they do and how to keep your family safe.

Contact your local fire department to see if and when you can stop by and meet your local firefighters. We have also compiled a list of open houses we know ab​out​.​​   

22 Minnesota firefighters to aid Louisiana communities damaged by Hurricane Ida

State Fire Marshal Division Investigator and Trainer Kevin Mahle walks two students through the basics of a fire investigation

Twenty-two Minnesota firefighters are deploying to Louisiana as people continue to recover from Hurricane Ida. Nine departments are sending personnel to assist with local fire protection in areas where local firefighters have been on duty since the storm hit. Not only are those local firefighters exhausted, but they also need to attend to their own damaged properties and take care of their families.

Gov. Tim Walz authorized the 18-day mission following a request from Louisiana officials through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is a mutual aid agreement between all 50 states. A requesting state asks for resources (people, equipment, etc.) based on their needs. Agencies in other states with those resources are able to respond to those requests. The Department of Public Safety's Homeland Security and Emergency Management division coordinates the state's EMAC requests.

The last time Minnesota firefighters deployed to another state was in September 2020 when they went to Oregon to assist in extinguishing the Slater Fire. Read Gov. Walz's EMAC news release. ​

Construction begins on training center for first responders

Rail cars being put in place. ​Construction has begun at a new Joint Emergency Response Training Center (JERTC) at Camp Ripley. The new facility will be used for hazardous materials transportation training by first responders across Minnesota.

Three donated rail cars arrived earlier this month and we expect construction on the entire facility to be completed in later winter or early spring. 

Staff on our State Emergency Response Teams are helping the Minnesota National Guard with this project to ensure the training modules are realistic and useful for Minnesota first responders. Training at the JERTC will include simulated responses to rail car leaks, pipeline incidents, tanker truck crashes and other hazmat transportation scenarios. ​

Featured Video

Video Description: Most smoking-related fire deaths happen inside homes where a smoker improperly extinguishes a cigarette. This video explains how tragedy strikes.