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January/February 2017 - VOL. 53, No. 4


2016 NFSA /MSFCA Poster Contest Winners Announced

Overall winner was fifth grader Halla Jo Casavan 

from Marshall, MN.  

Poster submitted by the Marshall Fire Department.


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9. President’s message by MSFCA President George Esbensen


10. The increasing problem of marijuana wax

       by Mona Dohman, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of

       Public Safety


12. Rehab: Developing a framework for your program

       by Steve Baker, Battalion Chief/Paramedic, Golden Valley

       Fire Department


13. Incident management - Need a checklist?

      by Scott Gerber, Fire Chief, Excelsior Fire District & MSFCA        

      Emergency Management Chair


14. Training overdose

      by Jeffrey Mayer, Advanced Minnesota Fire Training


16. Hazardous materials - What you need to know

      by John Busch, Captain Engine 4/Chemical Assessment Team, Rochester Fire Department


18. Self dispatching to an incident - Help or hindrance?

      by Scott Gerber, Fire Chief, Excelsior Fire District & MSFCA Emergency Management. Chair


19. Minnesota Fire Service Foundation Scholarship Application


20. The value of a firefighter license

      by Steve Flaherty, Executive Director, MBFTE


 21. A rising tide lifts all boats

      by David Schliek, Chairman, Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board


22. Reflections of the past 

      An historical look at the fire service

      by Tim Butler, Fire Chief, St. Paul Fire Department


24. Minnesota Task Force I

      by Kris Jungles, Battalion Chief, Member of Minnesota Task Force I and Rochester 

      Chemical Assessment Team, Rochester Fire Department


26. NFSA & MSFCA announce 2016 poster contest winners

      by Jena Noah, Editor, Minnesota Fire Chief Magazine


28. Photos from Fire Service Day at the Capitol 2017

      by Jena Noah Editor, Minnesota Fire Chief Magazine


30. Perspectives on a higher perspective

      by Daniel Bernardy, Licensed sUAS pilot, owner/instructor at Rescuepax


33. Record attendance at the 2017 Fire Officers School

      by Bill Thoennes, MSFCA Fire Officers School Chair


34. In an emergency the 55th Civil Support Team is available

      by Scott Hawks, MAJ USARMY NG MNARNG


34. Fire Officers School major changes & FITOAM training news 

      by Nyle Zikmund, Fire Services Consulting, Agents for the MSFCA


36. Salvage and overhaul - lost arts?

      by Tim Farmer, Customized Fire Rescue Training


37. Maintaining a general fund after joining a statewide plan

      by Rebecca Otto, State Auditor


38. State Fire Marshal update . . .

      by Bruce West, Minnesota State Fire Marshal 


44. Troubling trends

      by Kathi Osmonson, Youth Firesetting Intervention Coordinator, Minnesota State Fire Marshal  Division 


46. Fire code orders

      by Tom Jenson, SFMD Code Specialist


48. Z2 - Smorgasbord of information

      by Theresa & Nyle Zikmund, Fire Services Consulting, Agents for the MSFCA






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