WCCO Radio Highlights MnFIRE Firefighter Training

2020 was one of the deadliest years in modern memory for Minnesota firefighters, including multiple suicides of active firefighters, numerous deaths from cancer and two Line of Duty Deaths from cardiac issues.

On Sunday, Roshini Rakjumar spoke with MnFIRE president George Esbensen on WCCO Radio’s Real Talk With Roshini about this critical time and the important training that MnFIRE is providing for Minnesota firefighters.

Thanks to a $400,000 grant, MnFIRE is working to provide no-cost training to all 22,000 Minnesota firefighters to become “MnFIRE Aware” of their own occupational risks. The training, taught by firefighters and other health experts, teaches firefighters how to protect themselves from the three most common problems experienced by firefighters: cardiac, emotional trauma and cancer, so they can continue to do their jobs and protect others.

This grant will allow MnFIRE to train every firehouse in the state (both online and in-person) and equip firefighters with knowledge and tools they need to protect their own health and is an important step toward helping to turn the tide in 2021 and beyond.

Thanks for this important conversation, Roshini Rajkumar. Here’s a link to the full interview.

Recent News

Another successful Firefighter Health Forum in the books
January 25, 2023
McCoy knows knowledge helps further wellness
January 9, 2023
7 tips for managing stress this holiday season and beyond
December 16, 2022
Firefighters Need Your Help on Give to the Max Day
November 14, 2022
Join us for the 2023 Firefighter Health Forum
November 10, 2022
You have a mental health condition – now what?
October 10, 2022
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

We're spreading the word about cardiovascular health for #NationalWearRedDay! ❤️❤️❤️

So many of our lives have been affected by heart health. With exposure to toxic chemicals, extreme heat conditions, and high levels of occupational stress, the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the fire service is sudden cardiac events. That's why all of us at MnFIRE are dedicated to providing Minnesota’s firefighters with the resources they need to prioritize and protect their hea#GoRedMNo#WearRedDayR#AmericanHeartMonthtMonth
... See MoreSee Less

Were spreading the word about cardiovascular health for #NationalWearRedDay! ❤️❤️❤️

So many of our lives have been affected by heart health. With exposure to toxic chemicals, extreme heat conditions, and high levels of occupational stress, the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the fire service is sudden cardiac events. Thats why all of us at MnFIRE are dedicated to providing Minnesota’s firefighters with the resources they need to prioritize and protect their hearts!

#GoRedMN #WearRedDay #AmericanHeartMonth

We encourage our members to follow these tips to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. #IAFFSafetyTips ... See MoreSee Less

Congrats to Garrett and Stewartville Fire and Rescue for recently completing a MnFIRE training!

Garrett filled out our course evaluation survey and won our weekly drawing for a Streamlight Survivor flashlight, an ultra-tough light built for firefighters and designed to see through smoke. Along with the chance to take home your very own Streamlight, your feedback also helps us make improvements to our courses for fellow firefighters!
... See MoreSee Less

Congrats to Garrett and Stewartville Fire and Rescue for recently completing a MnFIRE training! 

Garrett filled out our course evaluation survey and won our weekly drawing for a Streamlight Survivor flashlight, an ultra-tough light built for firefighters and designed to see through smoke. Along with the chance to take home your very own Streamlight, your feedback also helps us make improvements to our courses for fellow firefighters!
Load more