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Fire Service Specialists


Fire service specialists are a liaison between the SFMD and Minnesota Fire Departments. They also provide assistance as requested by fire department officials across Minnesota.



What they do


The fire service specialists assist fire departments upon request with the following:


  • Answer 1-800-Fire Line (national fire department information number).
  • NFA state training point of contact.
  • Publications from SFMD available on website.
  • Fire Department management assistance.
  • Disciplinary issues.
  • MBFTE Training Funding.
  • Development of SOPs/SOGs.
  • Assistance to Firefighters Grant and other grant assistance.
  • Contracts/disputes/arbitration.
  • Minimum credentials/requirements.
  • Mutual aid agreements/joint powers agreements.
  • Service Planning Grant Program.
  • Fireworks and explosives annual permitting. 

Contact them

The SFMD has three fire service specialists serving different parts of the state. Their service areas​ are broken up by Minnesota State Fire Department Association Districts. Below is each fire service specialist's contact information and service area. 
  • Tate Mills serves MSFDA regions two, four, six, nine and 10. You can contact him via email or call him at 320-333-2817.

  • John Ehret serves MSFDA regions one, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16. You can contact him via email​ or call him at 651-323-7134.