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May/June 2017 - VOL. 53, No. 5


A controlled burn for the Alexandria Fire Department during regular training. With a DNR permit, an old barn was lit and within 7 minutes the roof had collapsed. The barn was removed to make room for future development. The Alexandria firefighters spent time mentoring the Alexandria Fire Explorers Post #400 in the training by manning the hose lines to protect nearby exposures.


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  9. President’s message

      by MSFCA President George Esbensen


10. We’re listening to improve your training

      by Mona Dohman, Commissioner, Minnesota Department

      of Public Safety


12. Preventing and mitigating posttraumatic stress reactions: 

      The importance of ongoing education, training, and support

      by Kiri A. Faul, Ph.D.1 and Gary L. Fischler, Ph.D., ABPP


14. Still love the job

      by Jeffery Laskowske, Deputy Fire Chief, Albert Lea Fire/Rescue


16. Dare to be different

      by Jeff Czyson, Director of Operations, Allina Health Emergency          

      Medical Services


18. Minnesota firefighter initiative

      by John Wolff, Deputy Fire Chief, City of St. Louis Park & Mike Dobesh, Assistant Fire Chief,

      City of Richfield


19. National Volunteer Fire Council update . . .

      by Judy Thill, MSFCA NVFC Representative


20. Fire department response to active shooter/mass casualty incidents

      by Erik Propotnik, Battalion Chief of Training, Rochester Fire Department


22. Introducing the fire truck of the future

      by Gregory Hayes, Director of Public Safety, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Fire Department


25. Raising cancer awareness and continuing the battle:                   

      The firefighter cancer support network Minnesota chapter is making strides

      by Steve Shapira, Minnesota State Director


28. Why do we use the Cincinnati pre-hospital stroke scale?

      by Seth Witthuhn, RN, BSN, CFRN, NRP, North Memorial Air Care


31. Documentation and safety: It’s all part of  “the plan”

      by Steve Flaherty, Executive Director, MBFTE


32. The role of an MSFCA region representative

      by Mark Marcy, MSFCA Region 13 Representative


33. Safeguarding volunteer fire relief association funds

      by Rebecca Otto, State Auditor


34. State Fire Marshal update . . .

      by Bruce West, Minnesota State Fire Marshal 


38. Think about it

      by Tim Farmer, Fire Instruction Rescue Education


39. Are you on the top line?

      by David Schliek, Chairman, Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board


40. Fire safety messaging for older adults

      by Amanda Swenson, Fire & Life Safety Educator,  Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division


41. Ventilation-limited fires

      Preparing for modern fire-ground dynamics

      by David Brosnahan, Assistant Fire Chief, Roseville Fire Department


44. Adding value - A question worth asking 

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





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Region 14 MSFCA Chiefs Meeting

Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association • 2704 Mounds View Blvd, Mounds View, MN  55112 • 800-743-0911
Theresa Zikmund • 763-234-4332 •
Nyle Zikmund • 763-218-5678 •
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