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May/June 2018 - VOL. 54, No. 5

Photo is from a fire at Rainy Lake Oil located in International Falls. The picture is their main building which housed their main offices, convenience store and distribution warehouse. Firefighters were on scene for 14 hours battling the fire and received mutual aid from the Falls International Airport, Littlefork Fire Department and Fort 

Frances, Ontario Fire Department.


Photo by Firefighter Engineer Benjamin Mortenson, International Falls Fire Department


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2.  Seniority is much more than just a number

       by T. John Cunningham, MSFCA President


6.  What caused the fire - and how the SFMD can help

       by Mona Dohman, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Public Safety


9.  Annual conference sessions

       by Jennifer Rzepka, CAE, Vice President of Svinicki Association Management, Inc. and MSFCA Agent


 10. Suicidality and disasters 

      An ante-, peri-, and post-catastrophe look

        by Chris G. Caulkins, MPH, MA, ABD 


12. Calling 811 is the most important step before you dig

        by Tom Pitschneider, Fire Marshal, Shakopee Fire Department


14. Homeland Security Information Network and Super Bowl LII

        by Thomas Miller, Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management & Greg Hayes,

        Mdewakanton Public Safety


15. Minnesota Fire Service Foundation scholarship application


16. Heat emergencies

        by Dr. John Hick, MD, Emergency Physician, HCMC, Deputy Chief Medical Director,

        Hennepin EMS Hennepin Healthcare


18. MnFIRE minute

      Most asked questions for the Minnesota Firefighter Initiative

        by Mike Dobesh, Assistant Chief, City of Richfield


20. Listen up! Need-to-know information on firefighter hearing loss

        by Sean W. Stumbaugh, Battalion Chief (Retired)


22. I’m in it for the jacket

        by Steve Flaherty, MBFTE Executive Director


24. Breaking glass and kicking a## - we used to

        by Tim Farmer, Instructor, Customized Fire Rescue Training 


26. MSFCA St. Paul 2018 draft conference schedule


31. Minnesota Homeland Security deploys wireless monitoring to state Chemical Assessment Teams

        by Todd Clarey, Clarey’s Safety Equipment, RAE Systems by Honeywell & Mike Vacco, Lieutenant Spring      

        Lake Park - Blaine - Mounds View Fire Department


33.  Lead the effort, affect the outcomes and change in culture

        by David Schliek, Chairman, Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board


36.   Membership benefits


37.  Financial and investment report of volunteer fire relief associations

        by Rebecca Otto, State Auditor


40.  Public self-service fueling of LP-gas powered vehicles

        by Bruce West, Minnesota State Fire Marshal 


42.  The fire never happened

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


45.  All enemies foreign and domestic

        by Allen G. Lewis, Fire Chief, Virginia Fire Department


46.  New considerations for firefighter rehab

        by Dan Retka, Assistant Fire Chief, Spring Lake Park - Blaine - Mounds View Fire Department


48.  Beyond hooks and hoses: Incorporating policy into firefighter training  

         by Bruce Bjorge, Coordinator for Lexipol


50.  Drones: Reporting to work  

         by Christi Powers & Paul Wannarka, Minnesota Interagency Fire Center


 52. MSFCA Sponsors


54. Annual membership options






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