Hometown Heroes Assistance Program: Passed

All of us at MnFIRE are thrilled to announce that the Minnesota legislature passed the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program this week. This is a hard-fought, long-in-the-works win for the state’s fire service, and will ensure that every Minnesota firefighter will have access to education, prevention and care needed to handle a cardiac, emotional trauma or cancer diagnosis.

While a few final details are still being worked out, the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program will:

  • Provide a statewide “Critical Care” policy for all Minnesota firefighters which covers diagnoses of cancer or cardiac issues. Coverage amount is $20,000 per diagnosis.
  • Create a MnFIRE Assistance Program (MnAP) for all Minnesota firefighters targeting emotional trauma issues unique to the fire service, and ensure additional support for firefighters who remain in need beyond initial treatment sessions.
  • Support ongoing annual MnFIRE Awareness training for every Minnesota firefighter. Changing the current culture in the Minnesota Fire Service is integral to long-term reduction of the incidences of cancer, emotional trauma and cardiac.
  • Sustain annual MnFIRE Awareness Training for medical doctors and mental health professionals statewide so all firefighters in Minnesota have regional access to informed and trained medical professionals to help with prevention, mitigation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, cardiac and emotional trauma.

Just like the fire service response to an emergency, it has taken a team effort to reach this milestone. This has been a fabulous statewide collaboration by legislators, fire service folks and the general public.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in making the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program become a reality. Stay tuned for more details!

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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!

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