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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

October 2019

From the fire marshal

Find out what’s on our minds here at the State Fire Marshal Division in Bruce West’s article. He’ll tell you about Fire Prevention Week, the upcoming MFSCA Conference and the Washer/Extractor Dryer Award Program.

Have any firefighters in your department undergone Basic Firefighter Training this year? Don’t forget to apply for reimbursement. Steve Flaherty tells you more about the fund in this article.

The fate of abandoned underground propane containers

As more and more communities convert from propane to natural gas, some underground propane containers are going out of use. Fortunately, there’s a fire code for that, and Tom Jenson tells you what it is in this article.


October training update

It’s the time of year when some SFMD trainings are wrapping up and others are just beginning. Jake Lindquist tells you how it went and gives some dates you’ll want to put on your calendar.


Fire safety for the Sandwich Generation

Now that many Generation Xers are looking after their parents in addition to their kids, it’s time for comprehensive fire safety education.

Fire drills: Why are they important?

Health care facilities give lots of reasons for not practicing fire drills. A favorite: “We don’t have time in our schedule.” But fire doesn’t follow a schedule. Tom Linhoff lists the requirements for fire drills in health care facilities in this article.