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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

March 2020

A goal we can all get behind: Reducing smoking-related fire deaths

Commissioner John Harrington is on board with our goal to reduce smoking-related fire deaths. In this article, he’ll tell you why it’s important and how you can help.

How the SFMD can help you

You work hard to keep the people in your community safe. And when a worst-case scenario happens, the SFMD is here to help. Amanda Swenson gives details in this article of the resources available to fire departments.

Fire reporting: Doing the minimum or doing it right

You may think of fire reports as a big inconvenience, but it’s very important to fill them out carefully and completely. Fire Safety Supervisor Jon Nisja tells you why in this article.

Revolving doors and the Cocoanut Grove Fire

Most people don’t see revolving doors as a danger, but at Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub in 1942, they caused hundreds of deaths. Learn more about the tragedy – and what has changed as a result – in Tom Jenson’s article.

Fire prevention and safety for deaf and hard of hearing

With one out of five Minnesotans living with hearing loss, you likely have people who are deaf or hard of hearing in your community. Learn how to communicate fire prevention and safety to them in Kathi Osmonson’s latest article.

Changes to the Fire Service Leadership Development Course

Over the six years that MBFTE has been offering it, they have made a lot of changes to the popular and valuable Fire Service Leadership Development Course. MBFTE Executive Director Steve Flaherty lists the exciting changes in his article. 

SFMD March Training Update

As you’ll learn from reading Jake Lindquist’s article, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months in terms of training and conferences.