Resources and Equipment
Pocket media guide
The Fire Department Pocket Media Guide
is a tool to help firefighters work with the media in their community. The guide includes interview tips as well as talking points for various types of fires. If you would like free copies of this guide for your department, email Kathi Osmonson
or Bob Reif
The State Fire Marshal Division has a full-sized messaging guide available to keep fire prevention messaging consistent throughout the state.
Holding the book horizontally allows you to show your audience pictures while
you share the messages from the other side. Contact Kathi Osmonson or Bob Reif if you would like free copies of this.
Fire and Fall Prevention for Older Adults
In the past five years in Minnesota, 42 percent of fire deaths were adults over the age of 60. The fall rate in Minnesota is climbing faster than the national rate. In order to provide tools to drive these numbers down, the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association along with the State Fire Marshal Division has created an education program for older adults as well as a PowerPoint that you can edit and use for your presentations to older adults. The goal of this program guide is to provide an educational resource to fire departments and community partners that will help them teach older adults how to prevent fires and falls in their home. The goal is to save the lives and improve the quality of life of older adults.
Below you will find some lesson plans to help you teach grades K-6.
The Materials Generator is a new tool that allows departments to generate customized door hangers, fliers and activity guides using proven fire safety messages with your own department logo and contact information. The tool was developed by a team of fire safety and communications experts to help enhance your community risk reduction programs. You can find the Materials Generator on the Vision 20/20 website
Public Education Props
Side-by-side burn demonstrations are available through the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Learn more about scheduling a burn for your event here
Sparky the Fire Dog
Let Sparky the Fire Dog help you. Sparky the Fire Dog is perfect for fire department officials teaching fire and life safety to children because it can communicate with them on their level. Sparky is not available to the general public.
Burn Institute's interactive website
The Burn Institute's Fire Safe Kid website is a fun, interactive place for kids to learn all about fire and burn prevention.
Firetrap is a game designed to teach children to quickly get out of the house in case of a fire.
Toys and tools: A lesson for children
Consider teaching young children about tools and toys. Here
is a lesson plan and directions on making your own tool and toy kit boxes.
Minnesota Incident Command System
The Minnesota Incident Command System was created to enable agencies to support each other on large wildfire incidents. Today, these multi-agency teams respond to a need for coordination on floods, search and rescue, large gatherings and wildfires. For more information, check out the MNICS website.
Federal excess property
Need fire suppression equipment for your department? The federal government makes equipment available through its Federal Excess Property Program. You can find more information about this program
on the Minnesota DNR's website.
Service Planning Grant
The State Fire Marshal Division occasionally has money available for fire departments interested in studying the feasibility of sharing services. You can read through some of the reports and learn more
about the service planning grant program online. You may also contact Tate Mills, Fire Service Specialist at 320-333-2817
Fire Training Prop Trailers
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) has used an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for eight fire training prop trailers to position throughout Minnesota. Using fire department feedback, SFMD staff determined these eight trailers will help meet the training needs of Minnesota fire departments. Five of the trailers focus on and include props necessary for training for fires involving cars, outdoor grills and liquid propane. The other three trailers focus on and include props required to conduct training on roof ventilation, chimney fires and forcible entry. Learn more on the MBFTE website.
Wildfire information and burning restrictions
Autism Awareness for first responders
Here are links to prevent-educate.org’s facebook
page and homepage. You will find many helpful tips for first responders working with