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Demo Shows Dangers and Lessons of Kitchen Fires - Video of trailer in use in Mankato, Minnesota

Kitchen Fire Education Trailer

In March of 2009, Jamie Novak, St. Paul Fire Department, presented information to the MSFCA Board, and made a request for support to fund a kitchen fire demonstration trailer. The board supported the need and the effectiveness of the trailer, however, with the economic situation at the time was not able to commit association funds. The MSFCA Public Education Committee was asked to study the proposal further and identify alternative funding. The Pub Ed Committee was able to obtain grants through the Minnesota FAIR Plan to acquire two trailers, and they will begin traveling the state in October of 2011.

The two MSFCA Kitchen Fire Safety Demonstration Trailers are available for rental. One of the units is housed at the Elk River Fire Department, and the other by the Hopkins 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

NOTE:      The primary user of the trailer must complete the MSFCA Kitchen Fire
                  Safety Trailer training before the rental will be approved.

Rental Agreement – MicroSoft Word format

Rental Agreement – Adobe Acrobat fillable form


Kitchen Fire Safety Trailer



Event Description:                                                                                                                                     

Date Needed:                                                                   Return Date:                                                    

Fire Department:                                                                                                                                        

(Kitchen Trailer must be reserved by a fire agency.)




Contact Name:                                                                 Email:                                                                


Phone:                                                     Cell:                                              Amount Paid:                       


PICKUP AND RETURN:  This will be coordinated with the hosting agency.




Trailer 1:                                                                                         Trailer 2:

Jeff Smith                                                                                           Dale Specken, Fire Chief

Elk River Fire Department                                                                  Hopkins Fire Department

Office:  763-635-1111                                                                        Office:  952-548-6451

Cell:  763-238-6378                                                                           Cell:  952-210-2068

jsmith@elkrivermn.gov                                                                                           dspecken@hopkinsmn.com                          


TERMS:  $50 for the first event day of use and $25 for each additional event day.  Refunds will not be issued if trailer is not used.


I understand and acknowledge that the activity to be engaged in through the rental brings with it both known and unanticipated risks to staff, guests and presenter.  Those risks include but are not limited to falling, slipping, fire and burns which could result in injury, illness, emotional distress, death and or property damage to myself, presenter, staff and guests.


I agree to complete and submit the trailer checklist before and after use as well as review the instructional manual for specific operational information.  The manual is a set of directions and safety precautions that are to be adhered to at all times during operation and use of the Kitchen Trailer.  I agree that only trained personnel will operate the Kitchen Trailer.


Undersigned agrees to supervise both the Kitchen Trailer and its use at all times the equipment is in the possession of the undersigned.  The undersigned shall be in sole charge of operation of the Kitchen Trailer during rental period.  The undersigned shall be held responsible for vandalism, theft or damage to the rental equipment while in their possession.


I voluntarily release, indemnify, hold harmless and discharge Minnesota Fire Chiefs Association (MSFCA) from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions or rights of actions, whether personal to me or to a third party which are related to, arise out of or are in any way connected with the rental of the kitchen trailer including those allegedly attributable to negligent acts or omissions.  I agree to reimburse any attorney’s fees and costs which may be incurred by MSFCA in the defense of any such liability claim, demand, action or right of action.

I acknowledge that I have adequate liability insurance to cover any bodily injury or property damage which might occur to me, the presenter, guests or staff from the use of the Kitchen Trailer I am renting or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself.

The undersigned acknowledges responsibility for the return of the trailer and all the contents in a clean and organized condition per directions in the manual.  The undersigned agrees to pay up to an additional $400 clean up fee if the trailer is returned with props missing, out of order or dirty upon return.  If the trailer and supplies are returned in a damaged but repairable condition, the undersigned shall be liable for the cost of such repairs (other than normal wear and tear).  The undersigned agrees the Kitchen Trailer will not be subjected to unnecessary rough or destructive use.  If the Kitchen Trailer and contents are returned in a destroyed or non-repairable condition, the undersigned shall be liable for full monetary replacement value.  To ensure that you are not held responsible for prior damage, complete the Trailer Checklist found in the manual when trailer is accepted from hosting agency.  If this checklist is not completed, supplies are missing or the trailer is not cleaned, you will be held responsible.

Payment is required to reserve the Kitchen Trailer.

Once payment is received, the rental will be reserved and placed on the calendar.


I acknowledge that I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document and that I understand its content and that I execute it freely, intelligently and agree to be bound by its terms.

Name, Title, Organization:                                                                                                                         

Signature:                                                                                      Date:                                                     

Checks Payable To:          Minnesota Fire Chiefs Association

Send Payment and Form to Host Agency

Trailer 1 Host Agency Contact                                                 Trailer 2 Host Agency Contact

Jeff Smith                                                                                           Dale Specken, Fire Chief

Elk River Fire Department                                                                  Hopkins Fire Department

13073 Orono Parkway NW                                                                1010 1st Street South

Elk River, MN 55330                                                                          Hopkins, MN   55343

Office: 763-635-1111                                                                        Office:  952-548-6451                                         


Trailer 1 Location:

The City of Elk River Maintenance Facility

19000 Proctor Road


Hopkins South Trailer
Dale Specken, Fire Chief
Hopkins Fire Department
Office:  952-548-6451
Cell:  952-210-2068
Email:  dspecken@hopkinsmn.com

2015 Dates

March 21
June 26 - 28
July -27-28
Aug 8
Aug 12
Sept 14
Sept 19
Oct 6
Oct 7
Oct 8
Oct 10
Oct 12

Silver Lake
New Ulm
Brooklyn Center
Brooklyn Center
Eden Prairie
Inver Grove Heights



Elk River Trailer
Jeff Smith
Elk River Fire Department
Office:  763-635-1111
Cell:  763-238-6378

2015 Dates

July 24 thru July 29
September 11 thru 13
October 4
October 10 thru 13

Lake George
Elk River



recipe Book for Kitchen Safety

The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association Public Education Committee has developed an eight page booklet to accompany the kitchen fire safety trailer to reinforce the messages given during the demonstrations.

Print the brochure double-sided on a color copier for best the results.
Click Here to Download the Brochure

For additional educational resoruces go to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division's website. Click Here
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State Fair kitchen Fire Demonstration State Fair kitchen Fire Demonstration