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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

November 2019

From the fire marshal

The 2018 Fire in Minnesota report is here. In this article, Fire Marshal Bruce West lists some highlights from the report and gives some ideas for where the Minnesota fire service can go from here.

MBFTE update: New online training and records management system

The Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education is working with TargetSolutions Learning, LLC to begin rolling out online training and records management to the Minnesota fire service. Learn more about the plan in Steve Flaherty’s article.

Give more, be more: How the City of Minnetonka's communications team recruited more firefighters than ever

How do you almost triple the number of applicants you get during firefighter recruitment season, all on a shoestring budget? Take a page from Minnetonka’s playbook. Learn more in this article.

Take advantage of fire investigation training

The SFMD provides up-to-date training throughout the state. In this article, fire investigator Kevin Mahle lists descriptions of the trainings that are available through the SFMD, as well as how to learn more and register.


Fire code for new buildings or additions

In this article, Fire Code Specialist Tom Jenson discusses Minnesota State Fire Code Chapter 5, which addresses fire service features for new buildings or additions to existing buildings.


Youth firesetting: A big deal

Youth firesetting – even if it’s a small fire – is often an indication of other issues in a child’s life. Fire and Life Safety Educator Kathi Osmonson tells you in this article what to look for and how to get help if a child in your community is starting fires.


National Fire Academy training update

If you’re ready to hone your leadership skills within your fire department, a National Fire Academy training may be in order. Jake Lindquist tells you in this article what you can expect and how to find out more.