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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Gear Washer/Dryer Grant Program

About the programPhoto of the gear washer from Albertville Fire Department

This program awards grants to help Minnesota fire departments purchase a gear washer/extractor or dryer.  ​

Despite being more physically fit and healthier than the general population, both career and volunteer/paid-on-call firefighters experience cancer at higher rates than those in the communities they serve.

Studies continue to show that firefighters are acutely exposed to known carcinogens during structure and other fires and are continually exposed via turnout gear that is soiled due to exposure to toxic combustion byproducts. 

Mechanical turnout gear washers and dryers have been introduced as an effective and efficient means by which firefighters can best clean their soiled turnout gear and greatly reduce their exposure to combustion byproducts.

How to apply

Contact Nolan Pasell by email or call him at 651-201-7218 to receive an application for the 2020 program. You can also download the application package here

Deadline: Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.​

Application requirements

Use this application checklist to ensure your application was properly completed and you included all of the information. 

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Answer the application questions.
  3. Provide a letter from your jurisdiction indicating their intent to purchase a washer or dryer.  
  4. Provide project cost proposal.
  5. Submit all materials no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. 

How to submit your application

Submit all application materials via email to or by mail to: 

State Fire Marshal Division
Attn: Nolan Pasell
445 Minnesota St., Suite 145
St. Paul, MN 55101-5145

More details about the 2020 program

This letter​ goes over the program in more detail and includes information on grant amounts, eligible applicants and the grant process.  


Contact Nolan Pasell by email or call him at 651-201-7218.​