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July/August 2017 - VOL. 53, No. 6


New firefighters from Fairmont and Truman, MN along with Swea City, IA, fire departments participated in a live burn training and transitional attack on a house located west of Elmore, MN.  The training provided by SASCS.

Photo taken by Jill Foreshee, Owatonna, MN.


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4.   President’s message

      by MSFCA President George Esbensen


9.   More public safety bandwidth equals safer Minnesotans

       by Mona Dohman, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of

       Public Safety


 10. MSFCA proposed bylaw changes

       by Ulie Seal, MSFCA Parliamentarian 


16. MSFCA to hold annual conference in Rochester

      by Dale Specken, MSFCA Educational Chair


20-21. MSFCA Presidential candidate profiles


22-23. MSFCA Vice President candidate profiles


24. Options available when adopting fire codes

       by Tom Pitschneider, Fire Marshal, Shakopee Fire Department 


26. Using social media platforms to your advantage

      by Bethany Grunsell, Fire & Life Safety Educator, St. Paul Fire Department/Lieutenant Firefighter

      West Metro Fire


28. Honoring our fallen Sunday, September 24, 2017

      by Ken Prillaman, Fire Chief & Emergency Management Director, Brooklyn Park Fire Department


30.  On my soapbox

       by Ken Prillaman, Fire Chief & Emergency Management Director, Brooklyn Park Fire Department


33. MBFTE receives base budget increase from Legislature

      by Steve Flaherty, Executive Director, MBFTE


34. Unpredictable weather quells spring wildfires

      submitted by Christi Powers, Public Information Officer, Minnesota Interagency Fire Center


36. Taking care of our own

     by G.Crawford Weisling,  State Advocate, National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, EGH Program


39. Governance of fire relief associations & sample bylaws

      by Rebecca Otto, State Auditor


40. Recruitment and retention program

      by Bruce West, Minnesota State Fire Marshal 


41.  Fire instructor professional development

       by David Schliek, Chairman, Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board


42.  Playing with fire?

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


44. Service planning grant program (formerly Shared Services Grants) anticipates funding

      by Kevin Sedivy, Fire Service Specialist East and Tate Mills, Fire Service Specialist West, Minnesota SFMD


46. Membership: A new record!

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





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