Portable Fire Extinguishers
Be sure to remember the PASS operating technique for portable fire extinguishers. PASS stands for:
P - Pull the pin. Pulling the pin unlocks the operating lever or button so you can discharge the extinguisher. Stand at least 6 to 8 feet from the fire.
A - Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.
S - Squeeze the lever below the handle. Squeezing the lever discharges the contents of the extinguisher. When you release the lever, the discharge stops. Some models have a button to press rather than a lever.
S - Moving carefully toward the fire, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep from side to side until the flames appear to be out. Watch the area. If the fire starts up again, repeat the PASS technique.
Did you Know...
About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration have launched a new railroad crossing safety ad campaign. Its message is simple: Stop. Trains can’t.
- Slow down, look both ways and listen
- Do not enter the crossing unless you are sure you can make it completely across
- Never race a train
- Never stop on tracks
To learn more about how you can improve rail safety as a motorist or pedestrian visit FRA’s interactive graphic.
For more information about “Stop. Trains Can’t.” visit the campaign webpage.
News and Events
MFD Deploys SafetyNet System
Safety Net enables MFD to quickly find and rescue individuals with autism, Alzheimer's, dementia and other similar cognitive conditions who have wandered and become lost. Once enrolled in the service your loved one wears a Safety Net Tracking Bracelet. Each Bracelet emits a signal on a channel used by MFD for tracking people at risk. Safety Net Tracking™ Service is currently available in 18 states located across the country and it has assisted public safety with many successful rescues since its inception.
Donations to the Minneapolis Fire Department
Monetary contributions can be made to the Minneapolis Fire Department by mailing your donation to:
Minneapolis Fire Department donation
Attn: Finance Director
350 S. 5th Street, Room 233
Minneapolis, MN 55415
All contributions made to City departments are subject to the City policy on gift donations as written below (8/3/2007 revision):
Gifts to the City
Acceptance of Gifts less than $15,000
- Any gifts with a value of $15,000 or less as long as there are no operating cost implications can be received by individual City departments with written notice to the Finance Officer or his/her designee.
- The Finance Department shall submit a quarterly gift report to the City Council’s Ways and Means Committee for approval. The department may not use the gift until it has been approved by a two-thirds vote of the City Council.
- The quarterly gift report shall contain the following information on each donation:
- Name of recipient department
- Name of entity making gift
- Description of gift (including value of gift, date received and special designations on gift, if any)
- Funding strings for revenue and expense appropriation increases
- For any gifts with a value exceeding $15,000, the recipient department shall submit a request for authorization to accept the gift to the City Council’s Ways & Means Committee directly.
Last updated Jul 28, 2015