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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Resources and Equipment

​​Important information for fire chiefs

​These information sheets provide important information for new and experienced fire chiefs alike. Contact your fire service specialist with questions​

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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

​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 or Tate.Mills@state.mn.us.​

Wildfire information and burning restrictions

Get more information about the current burning restrictions in Minnesota and the most recent wildfire status from the Minnesota DNR.

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 autistic individuals.​

​​Workers' compensation for COVID-19

Answers to frequently asked questions about workers' compensation under the new presumption law, which applies to firefighters if they contracted COVID on or ​after April 8, 2020.  ​​​