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General

Firefighter Code of Ethics

The purpose of the National Firefighter Code of Ethics is to establish criteria that encourages fire service personnel to promote a culture of ethical integrity and high standards of professionalism in our field.

Recalls

The Consumer Product Safety Commission lists products that have been recalled due to fire hazards and other issues.

 

Minnesota

State agencies 

State agencies like the DNR and Department of Labor and Industry offer assistance to the fire service, general public and contractors on a variety of issues.

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has construction code and licensing information for everything from boilers to elevators. They also have information on Minnesota’s building code.

The Minnesota Department of Health offers useful information on safe grilling and other health issues. You can also find out more about the state’s health care facilities programs, including licensing and certification.

Is your workplace safe? Minnesota OSHA has the answers. They help improve workplace safety and health.

The Minnesota Safety Council has resources pertaining to adults and children.

The Minnesota DNR offers assistance to rural Minnesota fire departments.

Also part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, these divisions have information that may be useful to the fire service:

  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management offers training opportunities and information on emergency response and planning and preparedness. 
  • Firefighters on the scene of a fire or explosion will likely work closely with Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety inspectors. MNOPS inspects the state's pipelines and investigates leaks and accidents.


Associations and organizations

Connect with other members of the fire service, find training for your department, and find out what’s going on statewide that affects you.

The Fire Instructors and Training Officers Association offers resources for instructors.

The Fire Marshal's Association offers leadership and resources for fire prevention and life safety.

The Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education can help with training and educational opportunities.

The Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators is dedicated to the investigation and control of arson and related crimes.

The Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Association helps with line of duty death memorial services.

The Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board
offers certification testing.

The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association tells you what you need to know about what's going on in the Minnesota fire service.

The Minnesota State Fire Department Association is another way to find out what's going on in the Minnesota fire service.

The National Fire Sprinkler Association of Minnesota has information to help keep you, your family, your clients and your public safe from the dangers of fire.

The North Star Womens Firefighter Association is a non-profit organization that assists with mentoring, networking and training women in the Fire Service, and those interested in joining the Fire Service.  

The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers helps fire protection engineers with opportunities for professional advancement, education and networking.

Minnesota Pride and Honor helps fire chiefs plan a funeral or visitation for a department member or retiree.

The Minnesota Chapter of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association
works to improve fire and life safety.

The Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Association of Minnesota creates, establishes, and maintains a fund for the relief and support of volunteer firefighters who sustain injury, sickness, disability, or loss of life in the line of duty. 


Miscellaneous

Associations

The American Fire Sprinkler Association promotes the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems.

The mission of the National Association of State Fire Marshals is to protection people, property and the environment from fire and to improve the operation of all state fire marshal offices.

The National Fire Protection Association
is a great resource for fire prevention and code information.

The Automatic Fire Alarm Association
.  is dedicated to improving the quality, reliability and value of fire and life-safety systems in the United States.

Made up of volunteers, The Hospital Fire Marshals Association is dedicated to the safety and security of people inside health care or educational facilities.  

The Basic Animal Rescue Training group trains first-responders how to handle pets and livestock during emergencies and disasters, training which could save the lives of both pets and their owners.


Other helpful resources

The National Association of State Fire Marshals' fire safety and green buildings guide identifies green building construction issues that coincide with fire safety needs.

The Underwriters Laboratory certifies, tests and inspects products to make sure they are safe for consumers.

What are the rules on high visibility equipment in Minnesota? Learn more about high visibility personal protective equipment.


National

Federal agencies

National agencies can help you get a big-picture look at fire statistics and provide other useful information. 

As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the U.S. Fire Administration is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.