Committee: Public Education Committee

Contact: Tom Pitschneider, Chair - [email protected]

2022 Mission: The mission of the Public Education Committee is to support the safety education process of the fire service and communities of Minnesota in order to reduce the loss of life and property from preventable events through the use of technology, information and resources.

2022 Report: As restrictions and lockdowns were lifted through 2021 and 2022 the Public Education Committee has been working on several projects that were delayed through the pandemic. We continue to work with a sub-committee to develop tools that fire departments can use in their community to educate students and young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 on the importance of fire safety. This includes items to look for when moving to college or their first apartment or home.

The Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Units have remained a great asset to the association, and they are available to MSFCA members for rent. The units are used to demonstrate what happens when you add water to a grease fire. Utilizing 1-inch of grease in a pan, the fire extends out of the unit when one cup of water is poured into the pan. This provides a strong visual message on the dangers of kitchen fires and what can happen when water is used instead of some type of lid. Both trailers are regularly rented throughout the summer months. One unit is housed at Dodge Center Fire Department and the second unit housed at the Maple Grove Fire Department. Please reserve one of the units by utilizing the links on the MSFCA website.

We hope to see you at the annual MSFCA Annual Conference in Duluth. Please reach out to the committee or contact the MSFCA Office with any questions.

2022 Public Education Committee Members

Chair: Tom Pitschneider, Fire Marshal, Shakopee Fire Dept. [email protected]

Jeremy Berger, Inspector/Educator, Maple Grove/New Brighton Fire Dept.

Tom Brace, National Fire Sprinkler Assn.

Darrin Bramwell, Deputy Chief, Eagan Fire Dept.

Sarah Buhs, Captain, Cloquet Area Fire District

Bob Hampton, Lieutenant, St. Louis Park Fire Dept.

David Jensen, Asst. Chief, Hugo Fire Dept.

Wayne Kewitsch, Fire Chief (Ret.), Richfield Fire Dept.

Eric Lind, Fire Inspector, Maple Grove Fire Dept.

Jake Lindquist, Inspector, State Fire Marshal Division

Kathi Osmonson, Fire & Life Safety Educator, State Fire

Marshal Division

Jeff Smith, Captain, Elk River Fire Dept.

Casey Stotts, Fire Investigator, State Fire Marshal Division

Amanda Swenson, Fire & Life Safety Educator, State Fire

Marshal Division

James VanEyll, Fire Chief, Long Lake Fire Dept.

Eric Zimmerman, Asst. Chief, Mdewakanton Public Safety

There are also numerous other non-association (non-voting) members of the committee.

Public Education Committee File Library