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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

For Fire Departments

General information

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

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.

Class 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.  ​

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.  


Learn more about training and education opportunities for Minnesota firefighters on the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education website​

Contact us

The SFMD has three fire service specialists serving different parts of the state. Learn more about the specialists​ and how you can contact your representative.