Committee: Education

Contact: Dale Specken, Chair - [email protected]

2020 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.

2020 Report: 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone including the Education Committee. In 2020, we were able to conduct our Fire Officers School in Alexandria. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the Duluth Officers School and the Annual Conference due to COVID-19.  The Education Committee sponsored a webinar in early 2020 and will be looking at similar ways to deliver training in the coming months and into 2021. The Education Committee feels that it is important to make sure that we keep our members educated in any way we can.

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 educational opportunities for Fire Chiefs is completed electronically by our various sub-committees throughout the year. 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 topics currently 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.

The MSFCA is your association, if you want change, get involved. We did!

2020 Education Committee Members

  • 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
  • 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

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