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Through a grant from the MN FAIR Plan, the MSFCA Public Education Committee has two Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Units available for rent for fire departments across Minnesota.


The Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Units are available for fire departments to use to educate their communities on how to prevent kitchen fires. 

Prior to renting a unit, fire departments must attend the mandatory training. Rental is $75.00 for the first day and $25.00 for each additional event day.

Unattended cooking, including stovetop, cooking oil, and grease fires, is the number one cause of home fires and fatalities in Minnesota. Many of the injuries and fatalities are caused by people tossing water on the grease fire or grabbing the burning pan off of the stovetop to move it outside or to the sink.

The units are portable classrooms with a working stovetop for live demonstrations. A team of trained firefighters teaches the public how to prevent kitchen fires and howto react and survive a fire if one should occur. As one team member teaches, the other team members place a pot of oil on the stovetop and wait until it starts on fire. Firefighters then show citizens how to extinguish a stovetop, cooking oil, or grease fire by sliding a lid on the pan and turning off the heat. Once the crowd sees how to put out a stovetop fire safely, they are shown what happens when water is poured into the burning pan of grease. As the waters hits the hot grease, the grease explodes and flames spread across the ceiling and out of the unit. Citizens are left with a lasting impression. The unitss were put into service at the end of September of 2011. Since then, thousands of people have been educated about kitchen fire safety. 

 

The two MSFCA Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Units are available for rent. Please read and understand the responsibilities outlined in the rental agreement prior to contacting the office for rental. In addition, please check the schedule to ensure the unit you wish to reserve is available on the date desired.

 

Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Unit Training

Train the Trainer
This free training session not only allows you to hold live public demonstrations in your community, it also allows you to train other fire departments on how to use the Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstrations Units. All the training sessions will be conducted outdoors weather permitting. Gear is required if you would like to get some hands on training.

No trainings are currently scheduled.

RSVP information needed when registering for training:

  • How many firefighters will be attending the training
  • A contact number for the day/evening of the training in case the training session is canceled
  • An e-mail to use to send more details and confirmation information

For more information regarding training, contact: 
Kellie Murphy Ringate | 952-960-1692 | kmurphyringate@excelsiorfire.org

To reserve a unit, please contact the MSFCA office:
Ashley Reum | 800-743-0911 | ashley@msfca.org

Download the 2018 Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Unit Rental Agreement

Click the calendar links below to check if your event date is open. To view the department's contact information, click their event's link.


Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Unit Host Departments

Unit One (North)
Host until 10/10/2018: Willmar Fire Department
515 2nd St. SW
Willmar, MN 56201
Contact: Frank Hanson
FHanson@willmarmn.gov

Host after 10/10/18: Menahga Fire Department
PO Box C
Menahga, MN 56464
Contact: Fire Chief Dave Kicker
218-564-4557
davek@wcta.net

Unit Two (South)
Host: Faribault Fire Department
112 2nd Street NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Contact: Dustin Dienst
507-333-0396
ddienst@ci.faribault.mn.us

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2018 Kitchen Fire Safety Live Demonstration Unit Rental Agreement

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