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Turnout Gear - Free to Department in Need
If anyone is in need of turnout gear, Montrose FD has several sets available to a fire department in need.
Click Here for further Information - under "Give Away" tab

2014 MSFCA Conference Information & Registration
Join us for our annual Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association Conference which will be held at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud Minnesota.  Last year, we had a great attendance in Rochester. The 2014 conference will feature a “Lessons Learned” workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16, which will outline recent high profile fire service related events. There are six educational tracts to choose from that afternoon. On Friday two of the six educational tracts will be repeated. We will have our famous symposium on Saturday morning with a discussion by Chief Patrick Kenny titled May Day for Mental Health.  His powerful and emotional presentation could also be attended by wives and significant others.
Click Here for Complete Information & Registration

Fire Service Positions Available
Fire Chief & Assistant Fire Chief, De Pere, Wisconsin
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Lexipol Minnesota Fire Policy Manual - Webinar
Lexipol is proud to announce that the Lexipol Minnesota Fire Policy Manual is now available. If you are interested in learning more about Lexipol's Minnesota Fire Policy Manual service, please join us for a 30-minute, no-cost webinar on: Tuesday, August 12th at 3:00 pm Central Time
Click Here for More Information and Webinar Registration

August 2014 E-Newsletter Cover Page

MSFCA E-Newsletters - August 2014 Edition Now Available
The newsletter gives the Membership a venue to promote training, fundraising events or equipment your Department may have for sale. There will be a small charge of course, but your information will be going to approximately 2,100 active members of the MSFCA and 1,300 retired members along with our business partners.
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Governor's Fire Prevention Day at the Minnesota State Fair
The sixteenth annual "Governor's Fire Prevention Day" will take place on Friday, August 22rd, 2014, once again bringing the fire safety message to over 100,000 people in a single day. It is a fun-filled, action-packed event, offering opportunities for families to learn about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire, as well as technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment.
Click for Full Information and to Register as a Volunteer

Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service – Membership Drive
This month, we’re kicking off our first-ever membership drive, and we ask each department to strongly consider joining the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation by July 31, 2014, in order to raise the funds we need to properly support our fire community. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Click Here for Membership Information and Application

New Partnership Brings Value to Members and MSFCA
The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association is proud to announce our new partnership with Lexipol. Lexipol’s Minnesota Fire Policy Manual and Daily Training Bulletin program will be offered at significantly discounted rates to MSFCA members. The association will also benefit. MSFCA will receive a payment based on sales to members.

Most importantly, Lexipol’s program provides departments with well-written policies in a web-based system that easily manages content and compliance. It also includes a unique training component to train staff on policy. The company was co-founded by Gordon Graham, nationally renowned speaker on risk management for public safety.
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Benefit for Staples Firefighter Tim Ringler
Staples Firefighter Tim Ringler has been diagnosed with a blood disease that is causing liver failure, and is currently on a transplant list. A fundraiser with sloppy joes and brats, silent auction and bake sale will take place on Sunday, August 17, 20q4 at the Staples fire hall from 11:00 am. Until 3:00pm.
Click here to View and Download Benefit Flyer

Proposed changes to the Bylaws for consideration at the 2014 conference
Click Here for a printable Copy of the proposed Changes

International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week
This year’s theme is “Train Like You Fight”. From June 15-21, 2014, fire service agencies across the country are encouraged to focus their non-emergency efforts on safety and health education in order to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths in the fire service.
Click Here to Download “Train Like You Fight” Information

Kitchen Safety Trailer
Kitchen Fire Safety Trailers
The two MSFCA Kitchen Fire Safety Demonstration Trailers are available for rental. One of the units is housed at the Elk River Fire Department, and the other by the Hopkins Fire Department. Please read and understand the responsibilities outlined in the rental agreement prior to contacting the host department for rental.
Click for Scheduling and Rental Agreement

Request for Feedback - Ceremonies & Protocol Guidebook
At long last, with the help of Jena Noah of the State Chief's magazine, the draft Ceremonies & Protocol Guidebook is ready for review and comments.  The document can be viewed and downloaded at ww.mnprideandhonor.com.  There is a link on the new home page of the website.

Ceremonies & Protocol GuidebookWe are asking for members of the fire service to review the document and to provide comments and feedback.  Specifically, we are looking for the following;
1. What is missing?
2. What is incorrect or unclear?
3. Take some time and look at the funeral matrix.  Give us feedback on the recommendations and provide a list of the funeral elements that should be reserved for LODD funerals only. (when you review the on-line draft it has been color coded but is NOT the recommendation)

We have set up an email account for you to share your input.  The email isfeedback@mnprideandhonor.com. We will take input through June 13.  We will then incorporate changes so that the final can be produced in time for every fire department in Minnesota to have a copy at the State Chief's conference.

Goals for 2014-15 & Board Meeting Minutes
The MSFCA Board of Directors met In St. Cloud, Minnesota on March 21-22, to establish goals for the next two years. The goals coincide with the terms of the officers, are reviewed at each board meeting to determine progress, and adjusted as needed based upon changes affecting the goal.
Click Here for the March Board Meeting Minutes and 2014-15 Goals

Training Calendar
Training opportunities - many of them free - are listed on the MSFCA Training Calendar
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Firefighter’s Annual Softball Tournament
All proceeds will go Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Association
Saturday - August 16, 2014, Bob Cross Park in Sauk Rapids, MN
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2nd Annual 811 Run/Walk
The 5K event will kick off at 8:11 a.m. on August 2, 2014 at Lake Calhoun.
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Minnesota Fire Chiefs Assistance and Support Team Video
The MSFCA Emergency Management Committee has just released a video and what the Minnesota Fire Chiefs Assistance and Support Team (FAST) is about and how to become a member of the team. To view the short video, and/or to obtain more information on the team or for becoming a member of the team click on the links below.
Click for more information about the team       Click to view the FAST video    

Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Dedication Video
Thank you so much to Town Square Television for making a video of the Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Dedication. That was a historic event in the MN Fire Service and those that could not go there appreciated being able to watch it at home and all of us appreciate having a video to re-live this wonderful event!
Click to View the Memorial Dedication Video