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Fire deaths drop 47 percent in 2018; decrease follows deadliest year since 1995

Infographic about fire death numbers since 2014

The number of fire deaths last year dropped 47 percent, according to preliminary numbers recently released by the State Fire Marshal Division.

State Fire Marshal Bruce West gives firefighters credit for bringing life-saving fire prevention information to people in their communities. He also believes Minnesotans are taking seriously their role in protecting their families and property from fires.

“We must always keep our guard up because a devastating fire can happen to anyone,” West said. “We all need to continue working together toward the ultimate goal: zero fire deaths in Minnesota.”

Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Presentation

Featuring: Chief Otto Drozd
When: Feb. 20 & 21 (Burnsville, SBM & Brainerd)
Cost: Free (sponsored by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division)
Register: Flyer and registration information​

This valuable active shooter/hostile event response presentation from Otto Drozd is a must-see. 

Chief Drozd was appointed Orange County Florida Fire Rescue Department chief in 2012. The department currently serves more than one million citizens and responded to 124,000 calls last year. 

In the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting, with the support of the IAFC, IAFF, and metro chiefs, Chief Drozd proposed the creation of a national standard and currently serves as a technical committee member on NFPA 3000 (Standard for Response to Active Shooter/Hostile Events) as well as a technical committee member on NFPA 1616 (Standard on Mass Evacuation).​

Is there a 'silent killer' in your home?

​Could your stove, furnace or fireplace be putting you at risk?

It could be if it’s producing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months because people may use unsafe heat sources or don't follow fire safety rules.

Make sure your CO alarms are working properly and test them once a month. Clear snow build-up from dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents. And never use grills inside.

Featured Video

Video Description: If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide alarm, Cheryl Burt’s story will make you want to buy one. She hopes her tragic story and her sons’ deaths are all the reason you need to buy CO alarms for your home and test them monthly.