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SFMD Newsletter

Bruce West named new DPS assistant commissioner

Read more from DPS Commissioner John Harrington in this article about his appointment of State Fire Marshal Bruce West to assistant commissioner.
 

From the fire marshal

When you hear about charity like the annual Burn Aid Golf Fundraiser, you sometimes wonder what happens with the money donated. Bruce West interviewed Dr. Mark Johnston of the Regions Burn Center about this very topic, and the results are encouraging. Read the article.
 

Carbon monoxide safety bulletin

Now that the winter weather has arrived, people are buttoning up their houses and turning the heat on — which means more danger from carbon monoxide. Bruce West has some reminders for civilians and first responders alike that can help everyone stay safe this winter.
 

New provisions for schools in the 2020 Minnesota State Fire Code

The 2020 Minnesota State Fire Code should be adopted soon, and there will be some changes affecting Group E occupancies (mostly schools). Forrest Williams gives the details in this article.
 

Make effective communication part of your safety toolkit

Fighting fires you can do. But media relations and publicity? That’s tougher. Fortunately, you can learn how to communicate effectively with the public at a course coming up in February. Jen Longaecker gives details.
 

SFMD training update

With everything from oil transportation awareness to solar farms, Jake Lindquist tells us what’s going on and coming up in training opportunities around the state in this article.
 

Protecting means of egress from snow and ice

Snow can be fun and beautiful, but it can also block means of egress, which violates the Minnesota State Fire Code. Tom Jenson has suggestions for reminding your community how to keep their escape routes clear.
 

Egress is not something you order from Amazon

Not everybody wants a nice egress for Christmas, but everyone should have one. Fire and Life Safety Educator Bob Reif reports in this article on the blocked and locked means of egress he finds during home safety surveys.