Committee: Communication & Policy

Contact: Kurt Rogers, Chair - [email protected]

2019 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.

2019 Committee Report: The Committee has two primary objectives, Communications and Policy. Most of the focus in 2019 was on Communications as MSFCA went through significant changes early in the year. The former Editor-in-Chief position was eliminated and production of all MSFCA materials has moved to the office at the request of sponsors, advertisers and exhibitors to have a more streamlined process and single point of contact.

The schedule for two of MSFCA’s primary publications was also modified early in the year. The printed Minnesota Fire Chief magazine is now a full-color, quarterly publication, with the final issue of the year also handed out at the Annual Conference to dually serve as an onsite guide and annual summary of the Association. The E-Newsletter is now a monthly notice, doubling the electronic touchpoints with members. Social media channels are starting to gain a lot more traction and in 2020 an annual communication plan will be developed.

2019 also launched the new Sponsorship Program. MSFCA has moved away from the previous gem-level recognition and contributors are now recognized at five levels ranging from 1-bugle ($2,500) to 5-bugle ($12,500). The Committee is grateful for the strong support of many returning sponsors, some who have increased their commitment level and some who have just become involved as a sponsor for the first time this year.

Now that the Communications work of the Association is settling into the new schedule and process, the Committee is turning its focus towards the 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 plans to start tackling the review and revision of MSFCA policies on a continual basis.

If you want to get involved with Policy work, 2020 is the year to step forward. Our expanding Committee is always looking for detailed and dedicated members to join the effort.

  • Chair: Kurt Rogers, Fire Chief, Lakewood
  • Tim Bush, Fire Chief, Maple Grove Fire Department
  • Dennis Edwards, Assistant Chief, Duluth
  • Dan Lysher, Fire Chief, 148th Air National Guard
  • Todd Seitz, Deputy Fire Chief, Brooklyn Park
  • Bruce West, State Fire Marshal

2018 Mission: The mission of the Communications and Policy Committee is to provide policy recommendations to the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association’s Board of Directors with emphasis on promoting goals, directions and quality within the organization, to assist the Board of Directors in coordinating all of the Association’s committees and to oversee all facets of the Minnesota Fire Chief magazine operations that include, but are not limited to publishing, editing and advertising. This is done by ensuring that the educational and informational content meets the needs of the Association’s members. The Communications and Policy Committee generally oversees the operations of the Association, the Minnesota Fire Chief magazine and provides timely fire service information by enhancing communication tools through the MSFCA website.

2018 Committee Report: The Policy and Editing Committee is looking forward to going over our Association’s Policies and updating them to reflect the current needs of the Association. We are also looking forward to going over some possible updating to the Association’s current communications which we provide to our members. If you have any items which you would like to see the committee look into, please email [email protected]

  • Chair: Tom Miller, Fire Chief, Pine City
  • Tim Bush, Fire Chief, Maple Grove
  • Allen Lewis, Fire Chief, Virginia
  • Bruce West, State Fire Marshal
  • Todd Seitz, Deputy Fire Chief, Brooklyn Park
  • Jena Noah, Editor, Minnesota Fire Chief Magazine

2017 Policy Committee Report

Communications & Policy Committee File Library