The Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division is ready to assist Minnesota fire departments any way we can. To the left in the gray navigation bar will find a variety of information and resources pertaining to the Minnesota fire service.
Much of this information focuses on public education, an important part of our mission at the State Fire Marshal Division. You’ll find information and resources on these pages to help you reach out to your community and teach them about fire prevention and fire safety.
Firefighter Recruitment Grant Information
The Minnesota State Fire Department Association (MSFDA) is holding informational sessions every other week on Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss their Firefighter Recruitment Grant. Each one-hour meeting will go over the recruitment grant and provide details on new resources to improve your department's firefighter recruitment efforts.
The grant period began Dec. 10, 2020, and will run for four years.
Click HERE to learn more and to sign up.
Critical incident stress management
A critical incident is any traumatic event that is outside the usual range of human experience. These events have the potential of causing a traumatic stress reaction that may impair cognitive, emotional, spiritual or physical function. These reactions are a normal response to an abnormal situation.
Firefighters and EMS workers experience more traumatic events than the general public as "part of the job" and generally cope very well. However, critical incidents may evoke strong reactions in even the most experienced staff.
There are several Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams across the state ready to help. Learn more on this website.
Staging manager program
During large-scale incidents, local fire departments have expressed a need for staging coordination and support. Learn more about the SFMD's staging program in this fact sheet.
Helpline available for Minnesota firefighters
To Minnesota’s more than 20,000 firefighters: You are not alone. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the new peer support line recently launched by the Minnesota Firefighter Initiative. The number is 888-784-6634. It’s a great resource.