Get Training, Minnesota

Thanks to a grant from the Fire Service Advisory Committee (FSAC), MnFIRE awareness training and cardiac, emotional wellness and cancer deep dive sessions are being offered both online and in-person at no cost to Minnesota fire departments through June 30, 2021. Nick Ferraro at the Pioneer Press recently wrote about the boosted efforts to educate firefighters on their mental and physical health. Read the full article here.

Taught by fellow firefighters and other health experts, these trainings teach firefighters how to protect themselves from the three problems most commonly experienced by those in the fire service: cardiac, emotional trauma and cancer. Firefighters are at a greater risk of cancer due to smoke and hazardous chemicals they are exposed to in their work, and firefighters and paramedics are twice as likely as the general public to experience PTSD, according to the International Association of Fire Fighters. In Minnesota, four to six active firefighters die from suicide each year.

“When you are a firefighter, we know there’s a moral imperative to your job,” said Wayne Kewitsch, MnFIRE executive director. “We know it’s dangerous and we know we’re going to be put in life or death situations. But we need to be able to give our firefighters the tools and knowledge to mitigate those dangers as much as we possibly can so that they continue to do their job and that they can be healthy, safe and have a nice long life.”

More and more Minnesota firefighters are tragically losing their lives due to occupational health issues. Take advantage of this free MnFIRE training to help your department become more aware of their increased health risks – before it’s too late.

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Day Six of Miles for MnFIRE is underway! Starting off in Waconia, Doug will wind his way through Victoria, Chanhassen, Excelsior, Minnetonka and end his day in Hopkins.

Chanhassen firefighter Doug Foote is on his next 30+ mile leg of his 200-mile journey across Minnesota this morning. By the end of today Doug will have walked 175 miles of his 200 mile journey.

The walk is raising awareness and much-needed funds for firefighter health.

For more details or to donate, visit mnfireinitiative.com/miles-for-mnfire/

Stay tuned for updates along the way as Doug heads toward the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol in St. Paul, where he’s scheduled to arrive on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Safe Travels, Doug!

Photo credit to: John Wolff
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Day Six of Miles for MnFIRE is underway! Starting off in Waconia, Doug will wind his way through Victoria, Chanhassen, Excelsior, Minnetonka and end his day in Hopkins. 

Chanhassen firefighter Doug Foote is on his next 30+ mile leg of his 200-mile journey across Minnesota this morning. By the end of today Doug will have walked 175 miles of his 200 mile journey. 

The walk is raising awareness and much-needed funds for firefighter health. 

For more details or to donate, visit https://mnfireinitiative.com/miles-for-mnfire/

Stay tuned for updates along the way as Doug heads toward the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol in St. Paul, where he’s scheduled to arrive on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Safe Travels, Doug! 

Photo credit to: John Wolff

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Shorewood will enjoy the walk through today! Great job Firefighter Foote!

Day 5 concludes in Waconia early this evening. With only two days left in Doug Foote’s journey. The end is in sight.

The support from day one has been nothing short of spectacular.
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Day 5 concludes in Waconia early this evening. With only two days left in Doug Foote’s journey. The end is in sight. 

The support from day one has been nothing short of spectacular.

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Waconia Fire Department- Doug Foote’s journey! 🇺🇸

We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected for Mystic Lake Casino Hotel’s Change For The Better! From now until Sept. 30, guests can donate their change to MnFIRE when they redeem their ticket. Thanks to all those who participate! ... See MoreSee Less

We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected for Mystic Lake Casino Hotel’s Change For The Better! From now until Sept. 30, guests can donate their change to MnFIRE when they redeem their ticket. Thanks to all those who participate!

Doug Foote as he enters Mayer, MN on his journey to the MInnesota State Capitol on Sunday! ... See MoreSee Less

Doug Foote as he enters Mayer, MN on his journey to the MInnesota State Capitol on Sunday!
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