By Jake Lindquist
Deputy State Fire Marshal
Summer is in full swing, and now is the time when everyone is doing training drills outside. It is also the time to start thinking about fall, winter and possibly even early spring training. The State Fire Marshal Division has just posted its winter and spring National Fire Academy (NFA) classes, and the 2021-2022 course lineup is excellent.
There are now seven NFA classes available on our training registration board. Each of these classes was selected specifically with department leadership and promotion in mind. I encourage you to take a look at these courses and see if any of them interest you. All NFA courses are taught by an out of state instructor who meets the rigorous standards of the USFA and NFA. This is an excellent opportunity to not only learn but also to network with the Minnesota fire service.
Sept. 23, 2021: NFA – Exercising Leadership Through Tough Conversations, Dakota Lodge, West St. Paul
Sept. 25, 2021: NFA – Decision Making for Initial Company Operations, Owatonna Fire Department
March 12, 2022: NFA – Leadership in Supervision Frameworks to Success, Merit Training Center
Jan. 8, 2021: NFA – Leadership in Supervision – Perspectives in Thinking, Merit Training Center
Jan. 22, 2022: NFA Incident Safety Officer, Owatonna Fire Department
Feb. 19, 2022: NFA – Leadership in Supervision – Creating Environments for Professional Growth, Merit Training Center
April 9, 2022: NFA – Fire Investigation for First Responders, Albertville City Hall
Two sessions of DHS Inspector training are still scheduled for the end of August and the beginning of September at Camp Ripley. If your jurisdiction is authorized or planning to become authorized to perform inspections on DHS-licensed facilities, this class is necessary. This course is only offered one time a year, so don't miss out on your opportunity to attend. You can learn more and sign up on our training page.
Lastly, congratulations to the Fire Code Academy Class of 2021. Each of these students put forth an amazing effort in July at Camp Ripley to improve their professional acumen. Fire Code Academy is a rigorous course that requires incredible discipline and knowledge. The SFMD is very proud of this year's class and wishes them the best as they take the principles they learned and apply them in their communities. Registration for the 2022 Fire Code Academy will open sometime in late fall of 2021.