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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

SFMD Newsletter

State Fire Marshal Jim Smith knows the additional dangers you’re facing every day now that COVID-19 is running rampant. He wants you to stay safe and know you’re not alone. Read his article for advice and inspiration.

FEMA Fact Sheet for COVID-19

FEMA has developed a fact sheet outlining eligible emergency protective measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more in this article.

An Update on Support from the American Red Cross

Although the Red Cross is still responding to home fires in our communities, they are now providing many of their services virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more in this article.

The MSFCA COVID-19 Task Force

Formed to assist with statewide fire service collaboration, communication, and support related to the COVID-19 crisis, the MSFCA COVID-19 Task Force has been extremely busy. This article will tell you more.

Youth Fire Prevention and Intervention in the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order can be hard on kids, too, and they may turn to firesetting to relieve the stress and anxiety. This article has suggestions for ways you can help the youth in your community.

2020 Minnesota State Fire Code Update

The 2020 Minnesota State Fire Code (MSFC) became effective on March 31, 2020. Here’s a quick update on the new code, including some of the changes you’ll find.

Monthly Training Update: April 2020

Now that the 2020 Minnesota State Fire Code has been released, we’re offering training on the significant changes that have taken effect since the previous edition. Check out the training schedule in this article.

MBFTE April Update

Just because most of us are sheltering in place doesn’t mean training has to come to a halt. Steve Flaherty explains your options for continuing your department’s training in this article.​