MnFIRE Training Continues

The passage of the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program (HHAP) has given us a lot to celebrate and be thankful for recently, and one of the greatest proactive resources it will give Minnesota firefighters is support for ongoing annual MnFIRE Awareness training.

During these free trainings, current and former firefighters and other health experts will provide you and your department with actionable tips on how to protect yourselves from the three health problems most commonly experienced by those in the fire service: cardiac, emotional trauma and cancer. Changing the current culture in the Minnesota Fire Service is integral to long-term reduction of the incidences of these health issues. MnFIRE trainings are the first step on a path to firefighter health and wellness, and thanks to the HHAP, the trainings are all free and expanded.

To date, more than 435 departments have completed one or more MnFIRE trainings – and 31 departments have completed all four. If your department isn’t included in these totals, or it’s been a while since your last training, now’s the time to take advantage and get your department signed up!

The trainings we offer include:

  • MnFIRE Awareness Training – This introductory class allows your department to become “MnFIRE Aware” of the occupational health risks of being in the fire service.
  • Cardiac Deep-Dive – This class looks at the heightened risk factors, the types of cardiovascular diseases that most commonly impact firefighters and offers prevention strategies to help lessen the risk.
  • Emotional Wellness Deep-Dive – This class helps de-stigmatize talking about mental health in your department, as well as provides practical information around how to properly debrief after a difficult call with your team, ways to maintain emotional well-being and what resources are available to anyone who needs help.
  • Cancer Deep-Dive – This class educates firefighters on activities that put them at higher risk for developing cancer, proper PPE strategies for mitigating cancer risks, and what types of screenings can be done to catch cancer early.

We’ve heard positive feedback firsthand from chiefs and firefighters across the state about the eye-opening education these trainings provide; and how helpful and actionable the prevention strategies and tips are.

As your department completes these trainings and commits to improving the well-being of your firefighters, you can progress toward achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold MnFIRE Aware Certification status, which makes you eligible for special MnFIRE benefits.

To sign up for training, visit mnfiretraining.org. Choose the training(s) your department would like to take. Then, click the “Register Now” button, fill out the form and you’re all set!

If you have any questions about the resources the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program provides or need help getting registered, contact MnFIRE at 763-221-9329 or info@mnfireinitiative.com. We look forward to seeing you at a training soon.

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Take part in an educational track expressly designed to give you the tools, skills and perspective needed to make smart decisions about your family’s physical and mental health. Learn how to best support the health and well-being of your loved one – and navigate potential issues that can arise when you have a firefighter in your family. Register at: mnfireinitiative.com/firefighter-health-forum/

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NEW at the 2023 Firefighter Health Forum: Training for fire service spouses and significant others!

Take part in an educational track expressly designed to give you the tools, skills and perspective needed to make smart decisions about your family’s physical and mental health. Learn how to best support the health and well-being of your loved one – and navigate potential issues that can arise when you have a firefighter in your family. Register at: https://mnfireinitiative.com/firefighter-health-forum/

Dont want to attend alone? Have your firefighter partner register for another one of our tracks and make a weekend out of it at Grand Casino Mille Lacs!

Support is all around you with the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program.

No matter where you are in Minnesota, if you're a firefighter (volunteer, paid-on-call, part-time or full-time), you can access free benefits like an up-to-$20,000 Critical Illness insurance policy, confidential mental health counseling and ongoing health and wellness training. Learn more at mnfireinitiative.com/hhap/.
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Support is all around you with the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program. 

No matter where you are in Minnesota, if youre a firefighter (volunteer, paid-on-call, part-time or full-time), you can access free benefits like an up-to-$20,000 Critical Illness insurance policy, confidential mental health counseling and ongoing health and wellness training. Learn more at https://mnfireinitiative.com/hhap/.

Your gift this Give to the Max Day will make a real impact on the lives of your local hometown heroes, providing them with the tools they need to prioritize and protect themselves against cardiac issues, emotional trauma and cancer.

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Your gift this Give to the Max Day will make a real impact on the lives of your local hometown heroes, providing them with the tools they need to prioritize and protect themselves against cardiac issues, emotional trauma and cancer. 

Thank you for supporting them today at https://www.givemn.org/Mnfire! #GTMD22

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If you donate $75 or more today to help us reach our $10,000 goal, we'll send you a MnFIRE mug or winter hat! Give $200 or more and you'll receive a cozy MnFIRE blanket as a special thank-you for supporting Minnesota firefighter health!

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