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Why is MnFIRE imperative for our state’s firefighters?

Minnesota ranks 48th in the nation in per-capita fire service spending, despite being the 21st most populous state and 12th largest in area. Critical funding shortages throughout Minnesota departments make it difficult for fire service leaders to prioritize firefighter health measures and equipment, such as department-wide health checkups, gear-cleaning tools and mental health resources. All public decision-makers, from the State Capitol to city halls, must make the Minnesota fire service a funding priority, not simply to protect the lives and property of Minnesotans, but to give firefighters the help they need to stay healthy and optimally productive in service to their communities.

Moving Minnesota up just one spot – to 47th in the nation – will require an additional $15 million in statewide investment, and it will take $100 million to get to 40th. MnFIRE is currently lobbying Minnesota legislators for $7.3 million to start moving the needle toward appropriate funding for our hometown heroes.

MnFIRE in the News

KSTP – June 8, 2020: St. Paul firefighters faced trauma during riots, Minneapolis rookie firefighter tried to help George Floyd

WCCO – Jan. 15, 2020: With Cardiac Arrest Claiming More Than Half Of Firefighters, Departments Prioritizing Heart Health 

KARE 11 – Jan. 13, 2020: New song addresses health risks firefighters face

WCCO – Jan. 9, 2020: Minnesota Firefighter Initiative Highlights Importance Of Firefighters’ Health 

KBJR – Jan. 4, 2020: Helping hometown heroes with proposed legislative bill

FOX 9 – Dec. 30, 2019: Musician and former fire chief pen song focusing on the dangers firefighters face

KARE 11 – Feb. 6, 2019: More firefighters dying by suicide than in line of duty 

Austin Daily Herald – May 9, 2018: Others’ opinion: Firefighters fight the fire within

Duluth News Tribune – April 24, 2018: Superior mayor announces cause of fire battalion chief’s death

Star Tribune – April 19, 2018: Minnesota firefighters grapple with ‘silent epidemic’

FOX 9 – April 6, 2018: Hundreds of firefighters expected at funeral for Mapleton’s Tim Royce

KAAL – April 6, 2018: Hotline Saving Minnesota Firefighters’ Lives

Duluth News Tribune – April 3, 2018: Firefighters fighting for health: Partnership with St. Scholastica part of an effort to improve wellness

Associations Now – March 30, 2018: Minnesota Firefighter Groups Unite to Launch a Support System for Members

Winona Daily News – March 24, 2018: Winter ends as one of the deadliest for house fires in Minnesota

MPR News – March 22, 2018: New peer hotline seeks to help firefighters facing mental health crises

FOX 9 – March 15, 2018: MnFIRE Campaign Focuses on Firefighter Wellness

KSTP – January 31, 2018: Minnesota’s First Responders Push PTSD Issue at State Capitol

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