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.
News and information
MSFCA COVID-19 Taskforce
The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association has created a COVID-19 Taskforce is to assist the fire service with making informed decisions when it comes to their fire service organizations.
The taskforce is made up of highly experienced fire service professionals who can make informed, decisive decisions when it comes to selecting and communicating information. Taskforce is in close coordination with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division as well as Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
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 serveral Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams across the state ready to help. Learn more on this website.
Support for firefighters receiving medical treatment
Firefighters for Healing offers a free one-bedroom apartment for any firefighter (or their family) while the firefighter is in treatment or surgery. The unit is also available for families who find themselves at Hennepin Healthcare Burn Unit or any Twin Cities hospital after a house fire or burn trauma.
Learn more about this opportunity in this flyer.
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.
Reporting, use requirements for Class B firefighting foam to change July 1
Fire departments that use a certain
class of foam designed to put out combustible and flammable liquid fires
will be required to report the foam’s use to the State Fire Marshal
Division starting July 1, 2020. As of that date, fire departments can no longer use the foam for training or testing.
B foam can contain chemicals that have been found hazardous to humans,
especially when they contaminate groundwater and drinking water. Learn more about the foam and how its use is changing in this fact sheet.
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.