Committee: Communication & Policy

Contact: Kurt Rogers, Chair - [email protected]

2020 Mission: The mission of the Communications and Policy Committee is to provide policy recommendations to the MSFCA Board of Directors, with an emphasis on promoting goals, directions and quality within the organization. The Committee continuously monitors and updates the Policy and Procedure Manual to ensure the MSFCA is operating within state and federal law and regulations it sets for itself. New policies are introduced to the Board of Directors for consideration as need arises.

The Committee also assists the Board of Directors in coordinating all of the Association’s committees and communication channels, overseeing all facets of the MSFCA website, Minnesota Fire Chief magazine and E-Newsletter operations that include, but are not limited to, publishing, editing and advertising. The Committee also ensures that all informational content meets the needs of the Association’s members.

2020 Report: The Committee has two primary objectives, Communications and Policy. The beginning of 2020 was focused on continuing the new schedule for both the quarterly Minnesota Fire Chief and monthly E-Newsletter and building on content. MSFCA added a LinkedIn company page in 2020 and continued to build our presence on Facebook and Twitter. If you are not already, please be sure to follow the Association to stay up-to-date on Association information and events. Our social media channels are starting to gain a lot more traction, and in 2020, an annual communication plan will be developed.

Most of the focus in 2020 was on Policy work. The Policy & Procedure Manual was last overhauled in 2015. A handful of updates have been made as needed, but in 2020, the Committee started tackling the review and revision of MSFCA policies from start to finish, policy by policy. This focus will continue through 2021 to complete the review process. Once the manual is overhauled in 2021, it will continuously be reviewed to keep the Policy & Procedure Manual up-to-date.

If you want to get involved with Communications and Policy work, 2021 is the year to step forward. Our expanding Committee is always looking for detailed and dedicated members to join.

2020 Communication & Policy Committee Members

  • Chair: Kurt Rogers, Fire Chief, Lakewood
  • Tim Bush, Fire Chief, Maple Grove Fire Dept.
  • Dennis Edwards, Assistant Chief, Duluth
  • Dan Lysher, Fire Chief, 148th Air National Guard 
  • Todd Seitz, Deputy Chief, Brooklyn Park
  • Bruce West, Assistant Commissioner, MN Dept. of Public Safety

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