Why is MnFIRE imperative for our state’s firefighters?
Minnesota ranks 45th 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 44th 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
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 21 – March 15, 2018: MnFIRE Campaign Focuses on Firefighter Wellness
KSTP – January 31, 2018: Minnesota’s First Responders Push PTSD Issue at State Capitol