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SFMD Newsletter

​Staffing changes continue at SFMD

September brings a goodbye to one valued colleague and hellos to two new ones. Learn all about the changes to the Health Care Team from Amanda Swenson in her latest article.

2020 – A Strange and Memorable Year

2020 was a strange year, and the incident numbers reported by Minnesota's fire departments are no exception. Jon Nisja shows us the numbers in context with previous years in this article.

MBFTE announces FY22 funding

The MBFTE has approved its budget for FY22. Steve Flaherty will tell you in this article what types of training reimbursement it will cover and how to get additional training for your department for free.

Inspections help keep public, charter schools safe

The SFMD School Inspection Team inspects public schools only, but if your department wants to start inspecting your community’s private and parochial schools, they’re here to help. Learn more in Tom Jenson’s article.

Solar panel fire prevention is important

Fires that originate in residential solar arrays are extremely rare. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work to prevent them. Kathi Osmonson gives fire prevention tips for solar panel installation and maintenance in her article​.

September 2021 training update

It's fall, and trainers and conference providers alike are kicking into high gear. Jake Lindquist will tell you all about opportunities to learn more and network with your peers in his September update.​​

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