What the 2021 Legislative Session Could Mean for Firefighter Health

As we’re looking ahead to the next legislative session in early 2021, the disparity between fire service spending in Minnesota versus nearly every other state continues to put our hometown heroes in danger.

Minnesota ranks 48th 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.

MnFIRE is currently lobbying Minnesota legislators for $7.3 million to start moving the needle toward appropriate funding for firefighter health. The Hometown Heroes Assistance Program (SF2264 and HF1782) will ensure all of Minnesota’s 20,000 firefighters have access to the care needed to handle a cardiac, emotional trauma or cancer diagnosis. 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 $30,000 per diagnosis.
  • Create a MnFIRE Assistance Program (MnAP) for all Minnesota firefighters targeting emotional trauma issues unique to the fire service.
  • Ensure additional MnFIREAP 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.

We must confront the health issues facing Minnesota’s fire service with the same bravery, determination and commitment our firefighters bring to protecting Minnesotans.

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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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