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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

December 2021 SFMD training update

​​​​By Jake Lindquist
School Inspector

Winter is here and this is when we typically find ourselves back in the classroom. The past year-and-a-half has had its fair share of ups and downs for in-person classes. We will be offering a variety of classes in 2022 while still meeting the requirements of the Center for Disease Control. The classes focus on leadership, more specifically the core principles that make a good leader: communication skills, planning and organizing, problem-solving, decision-making, relationship building and coaching others. Classes are not just for people in a leadership role or management position. Improving people's leadership qualities benefit the entire organization -- whether or not people are in a management role. Everyone is welcome to register and attend.​

NFA Leadership Courses

This year the National Fire Academy (NFA) Leadership Series is coming back with some added benefits. All three classes are being taught as train-the-trainer qualifiers. This means people who complete the train-the-trainer will be able to teach the course as a state-sponsored instructor. The class is open to everyone but those who are in a current leadership role and want to teach must reach out to Jacob.lindquist@state.mn.us to register for the train-the-trainer portions of the courses.​

​ Course
​NFA-Leadership in Supervision - Perspectives in Thinking
​Marshall, MN
​02/19/2022​NFA-Leadership in Supervision - Creating Environments for Professional Growth     Marshall, MN​Marshall, MN
​NFA-Leadership in Supervision Frameworks to Success
​Marshall, MN​

The NFA Incident Safety Officer course is scheduled for Owatonna. Registration is open on our webpage and it is expected to fill quickly. This course offers participants an opportunity to learn skills needed to perform the duties of the Incident Safety Officer during operations and training evolutions. Students who complete the course will receive an official NFA certificate.​

​ Course​
NFA-Incident Safety Officer
Owatonna, MN

Minnesota Fire Chiefs Boot Camp

The State Fire Marshal recently offered the Minnesota Fire Chief Boot Camp. The course filled almost immediately and was a huge success. Thirty chiefs and officers learned about Minnesota fire code, Minnesota OSHA requirements, human resources, Minnesota Department of Revenue requirements, Minnesota Office of State Auditor requirements, incident reporting, Investigation requirements and a variety of other topics. If you are looking to advance your career in the fire service, are a new chief, or just need a refresher on some of these things, please get your name on the list to attend a future Boot Camp. If you are interested in attending this course in the future, please reach out to jared.rozeboom@state.mn.us.

Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division Registration Page