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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

August 2019

From the fire marshal

Hear from Fire Marshal Bruce West about our new newsletter, Fire Prevention Week, MBFTE funding and 2019 fire deaths. 


Mark your calendars for the 2019 NFPA and SFMD Safety Summit in Fridly on Sept. 19.  

State Emergency Response Team update

Transitions are happening: The state emergency response teams are moving to the SFMD, coordinator Rick Luth is retiring, and we’re working on better ways to serve fire departments across the state.​ 

Step up your social media game

Want to know the cheapest and fastest way to reach your community, update the media, and pass along life-saving fire prevention information? Social media.

MBFTE: A look back at fiscal year 2019

The Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education has received training reimbursement requests from hundreds of fire departments.


Protecting houses of worship from arson

In recent years, about half of the fires in houses of worship were intentionally set. But if we work closely with religious leaders, communities and law enforcement, we can change that.​

The do's and don'ts of battery safety

We’re hearing more and more about fires caused by improper battery use, so it’s time to make sure your community knows how to use them safely.


Be on the lookout for scammers​

When you’re out interacting with people in your communities, remind them to be aware of who they are donating to, ask questions, and — when in doubt — contact their local public safety agencies.​​