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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

August 2021 training update

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.

Upcoming Courses

  • 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.