Committee: Education

Contact: Dale Specken, Chair - [email protected]

2019 Mission: The mission of the Education Committee is to enhance the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association’s (MSFCA) membership by providing high quality and current educational workshops at the annual conference and by promoting additional educational opportunities.

2019 Committee Report: We are excited to be in Duluth for the five years for the MSFCA Conference! Duluth is a great place for the conference. The DECC provides many quality classrooms spaces so that we can provide quality training for all of our members.

The Education Committee is made up of members throughout the State of Minnesota and meets just three times annually, the rest of the work required to successfully present an educational opportunity for fire chiefs is completed electronically throughout the year by our various sub-committees. The Education Committee is determined to bring in quality instruction for all members within our organization.

Education Committee Goals:

  1. Understand that every chief is important to the MSFCA, therefore we must listen to and consider the needs of the state as a whole when establishing the various educational opportunities;
  2. Determine what the timely topics currently are and then locate the most highly regarded experts to present them to the membership;
  3. Recognize that it is vital to keep the conference affordable for all chief officers and therefore work within the allotted budget.
  4. Bring quality training and speakers to all MSFCA Members and conference attendees

The Education Committee is by design very flexible, and welcoming. Every year some committee members retire, or leave the committee for greener pastures; however, due to the structure in place we are able to blend new members into the system very easily. Let this fact be an offer for you to join our group.

  • Chair: Dale Specken, Fire Chief, Hopkins FD
  • Vice Chair: Judy Thill, Fire Chief, Inver Grove Heights FD
  • Rob Pearson, Assistant Chief, Maple Grove FD
  • Tim Holmes, Fire Chief, Brainerd FD
  • Hugo Searle, Assistant Chief, St Louis Park FD
  • Ulie Seal, Fire Chief, Bloomington FD
  • Chris Hofmann, Assistant Chief, Camp Ripley Fire
  • Scott Carriveau, Assistant Chief, Maple Lake FD
  • Jacob Lindquist, Fire Marshal, State Fire Marshal Office
  • Kim Cox, Eden Prairie FD
  • David Brosnahan, Assistant Chief, Roseville FD
  • Mike Dobesh, Assistant Chief, Richfield FD
  • Chip Lohmiller, Cross Lake, Cross Lake FD
  • Adam Wodtke, Assistant Chief, West Metro FD
  • Kristi Rollwagon, Emergency Management Chief, MAC Emergency Management

2018 Mission: The mission of the “Education Committee” is to enhance the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association’s (MSFCA) membership by providing high quality and current educational workshops at the annual conference and by promoting additional educational opportunities.

2018 Committee Report: We are excited to be in St. Paul for this year’s MSFCA Conference! St. Paul has created some interesting challenges but our committee has done a great job organizing great presenters for this year’s conference.

The Education Committee is made up of members throughout the State of Minnesota and meets just three times annually, the rest of the work required to successfully present an educational opportunity for fire chiefs is completed electronically throughout the year by our various topic sub-committees.

Education Committee Goals:

  1. Understand that every chief is important to the MSFCA, therefore we must listen to and consider the needs of the state as a whole when establishing the various educational opportunities;
  2. Determine what the timely topics currently are and then locate the most highly regarded experts to present them to the membership;
  3. Recognize that it is vital to keep the conference affordable for all chief officers and therefore work with-in the allotted budget.
  4. Bring quality training and speakers to all MSFCA Members and conference attendees.

The Education Committee is by design very flexible, and welcoming. Every year some committee members retire, or leave the committee for greener pastures; however, due to the structure in place we are able to blend new members into the system very easily. Let this fact be an offer for you to join our group.

  • Chair: Dale Specken, Fire Chief, Hopkins FD
  • Vice Chair: Judy Thill, Fire Chief, Inver Grove Heights FD
  • Lessons Learned: Scott Carriveau, Assistant Chief, Maple Lake
  • Administration: Kim Cox, Administration, Eden Prairie
  • Health & Wellness: Mike Dobesh, Assistant Chief, Richfield
  • Influencing Change: John Hall, Assistant Chief, Long Lake
  • Liaison: Tim Farmer, Past President, Coon Rapids
  • Chiefs Issues: Chris Hofmann, Assistant Chief, Camp Ripley
  • Professional Development: Tim Holmes, Fire Chief, Brainerd
  • Professional Development: Chip Lohmiller, Fire Chief, Cross Lake
  • Hot Topics: Ulie Seal, Fire Chief, Bloomington
  • Symposium: David Brosnahan, Assistant Chief, Roseville
  • Safety: Adam Wodtke, Assistant Chief, West Metro
    Scott Gerber, Fire Chief, Excelsior Fire District
  • Jacob Lindquist, Deputy State Fire Marshal, State Fire Marshal Division
  • Rob Pearson, Assistant Chief, Maple Grove
  • Dan Roeglin, Fire Service Specialist, Hennepin Tech

2017 Education Committee Report

Education Committee File Library