The Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division is ready to assist Minnesota fire departments any way we can. To the left in the gray naviation 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.
Use caution when handling throwable fire extinguishers
A Minnesota firefighter was recently injured using a throwable fire extinguisher. Please use extreme caution when handling these types of devices and others that use an internal propellant for deployment. The firefighter in this case suffered severe burns to his hand. I share this story with you as a reminder that these devices can be dangerous if not used properly.
When using a throwable fire extinguisher:
- Follow the manufacture’s deployment instructions.
- Always wear proper personal protective equipment, including eye protection and hand protection.
- Pay close attention to deployment times once the device is activated.
- Always check for service dates.
New 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.
Volunteer Emergency Responder Stipend Report is released
The Minnesota legislature authorized a program in 2014 to provide an
annual stipend to volunteer firefighters, ambulance attendants, and
emergency medical responders to improve recruitment and retention of
volunteers in these fields. The state paid eligible volunteers in 14
pilot counties $500 per year for three years. This report from Management Analysis and Development discusses the effectiveness of the program.