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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Happy Thanksgiving! This year, we're thankful that the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program passed the Minnesota Legislature in 2021.

This is a MAJOR milestone in the fight for firefighter health in Minnesota. Because of it, every MN firefighter has access to the education, prevention and care needed to handle a cardiac, emotional trauma or cancer diagnosis. To say we're grateful is an understatement.
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Happy Thanksgiving! This year, were thankful that the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program passed the Minnesota Legislature in 2021.

This is a MAJOR milestone in the fight for firefighter health in Minnesota. Because of it, every MN firefighter has access to the education, prevention and care needed to handle a cardiac, emotional trauma or cancer diagnosis. To say were grateful is an understatement.

That's a wrap on Give to the Max Day 2021! Thank you, Minnesota!

With the passage of the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program and the success of Miles for MnFIRE, 2021 has been a huge year for firefighter health and wellness so far — and your support today will help us keep the momentum going for the health and well-being of firefighters across the state!

www.givemn.org/organization/Mnfire #GTMD21
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Thats a wrap on Give to the Max Day 2021! Thank you, Minnesota! 

With the passage of the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program and the success of Miles for MnFIRE, 2021 has been a huge year for firefighter health and wellness so far — and your support today will help us keep the momentum going for the health and well-being of firefighters across the state! 

https://www.givemn.org/organization/Mnfire #GTMD21

Boost the impact of your Give to the Max Day gift over the next hour! Submit those donations before 10:59 p.m. and MnFIRE has a chance to receive a special Power Hour award from GiveMN.org: www.givemn.org/organization/Mnfire #GTMD21 ... See MoreSee Less

Boost the impact of your Give to the Max Day gift over the next hour! Submit those donations before 10:59 p.m. and MnFIRE has a chance to receive a special Power Hour award from GiveMN.org: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Mnfire #GTMD21
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