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Through a grant from the MN FAIR Plan, the MSFCA Public Education Committee has two Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Units available Fire Department across Minnesota.

The Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Units are available for fire departments to use to educate their communities on how to prevent kitchen fires. 

The trailers are available to departments that have gone through the mandatory training.

Rental is $75.00 for the first day and $25.00 for additional days.

Unattended cooking, including stovetop, cooking oil, and grease fires is the number one cause of home fires and fatalities in Minnesota. Many of the injuries and fatalities are caused by people tossing water on the grease fire or grabbing the burning pan off of the stovetop to move it outside or to the sink.


The trailers are portable classrooms with a working stovetop for live demonstrations.  A team of trained firefighters teaches the public how to prevent kitchen fires and how to react and survive a fire is one should occur.  As one team member teaches, the other team members places a pot of oil on the stovetop and waits until it starts on fire. Firefighters then show citizens how to extinguish a stovetop, cooking oil, or grease fire by sliding a lid on the pan and turning off the heat. Once the crowd sees how to put out a stovetop fire safely, they are shown what happens when water is poured into the burning pan of grease. As the waters hits the hot grease, the grease explodes and flames spread across the ceiling and out of the trailer. Citizens are left with a lasting impression.

The trailers were put into service at the end of September of 2011.  Since then, thousands of people have been educated about kitchen fire safety. 

The two MSFCA Kitchen Fire Safety Demonstration Trailers are available for rental. One of the units is housed at the St. James Fire Department, and the other by the Brainerd Fire Department. Please read and understand the responsibilities outlined in the rental agreement prior to contacting the host department for rental. Additionally, please check the schedule to ensure the unit you wish to use is available on the date desired.

FREE Kitchen Fire Safety Trailer Training - Click on Links Below

Public Demonstration Training 

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  • This is for fire departments that want to rent the trailer for public demonstrations.
  • This is the mandatory class that is required to rent the trailer.
  • Gear is required if you would like to get some hands on training.

All the training sessions will be conducted outdoors weather permitting.

Kitchen Live Demonstration Unit Public Presentation Training

Training sessions will be conducted this spring in St. James on May 16 and Brainerd on May 17.

If your department wants to use the trailers for summer or fall events this training is mandatory to be taken by at least one member of your department.

Contact Kellie for more information on training and to be placed on the training notification list.
952-960-1692 or

RSVP Information needed when registering:

  • How many firefighters will attended the training
  • A contact number for the day/evening of the training in case the training session is canceled
  • An e-mail to use to send more information and confirmation info

Contact Kellie for more information regarding training
952-960-1692 or

St. James Trailer

Bill Nelson, Assistant Chief/Training Officer

St James Fire Department

315 11th Street S, St James, MN. 56081

(507) 327-7744



Brainerd Trailer

Tim Holmes, Fire Chief

Dave Cox, Marshal/ Deputy Chief  

Brainerd Fire Department

23 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN. 56401

Office: 218-828-2312

Cell:  218-828-2312

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