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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

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SFMD coordinates chemical assessment teams to help provide shower facilities to first responders in Minneapolis

Woman droops off cloth masks at fire department.

Our State Emergency Response Team coordinators helped get the North Metro and Hopkins Chemical Assessment Teams on the ground in Minneapolis this weekend to provide shower and changing facilities to the Minnesota National Guard and state and local law enforcement. 

Thousands of National Guard troops and law enforcement worked all weekend to keep the peace as riots following the death of George Floyd last week continued. 

We also offered our support to the St. Paul and Minneapolis fire departments and worked with the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association and other partners to create task forces to respond at the request of local jurisdictions. 

Fire Marshal Names New Chief Deputy

Amanda Swenson

Amanda Swenson has been promoted to the position of Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal.

Amanda has been filling the role as interim chief deputy for the past few months. She came to the division in 2014 as a fire and life safety educator. Prior to that, she earned her Master of Education degree with concentrations in environmental education and environmental science through the University of Minnesota. While there, she was the 4-H program coordinator, where she developed and managed the countywide program. She also directed and taught the afterschool adventure program, and was instrumental in the planning and directing of numerous youth leadership programs.

Amanda currently works with the Braham Fire Department as a firefighter/first responder, and is a former training officer for the department. She is a frequent attendee of the National Fire Academy (NFA), and holds certifications in Public Fire Educator, Youth Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Specialist, Fire Inspector I, and Fire Instructor II. Amanda also is on the Education Committee with the National Fire Protection Association.

You can contact Amanda at 651-201-7202 or via email.

Occupant load guidance for salons, retail establishments and other businesses

It is important for businesses and retailers to maintain proper occupant loads as they work to reopen across Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The information sheets below will help establishments calculate the traditional proper occupant loads as well as occupant loads that are in compliance with Gov. Tim Walz's recent executive order for several types of businesses. This calculator from Lake Travis Fire Rescue​ in Texas can help you determine your occupant load. The calculator is for educational use only. 

We also have included guidance on using partitions as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19.  

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