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The Minneapolis Fire Department is led by John Fruetel. Chief Fruetel has served in the department for more than 30 years, where he began his service in 1979. He has held the position of firefighter, fire captain, battalion chief, duty deputy chief, deputy chief of training and assistant chief of operations. He began his tenure as the Fire Chief on March 1, 2012.

Chief Fruetel is committed to firefighter safety, prevention and education, and community engagement. The Minneapolis Fire Department has a proud history of providing emergency response to the City of Minneapolis. People who live, work, and play in Minneapolis receive superior emergency service from a highly skilled workforce. Minneapolis firefighters are trained to respond to structure fires, medical emergencies, emergencies on lakes and rivers, technical and hazardous materials crises, and natural disasters citywide.

The department recruits and develops a diverse workforce that respects individual differences. Chief Fruetel prides himself on leading a department of firefighters who enrich the city while serving in the community.

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The Minneapolis Fire Department is a customer service organization committed to providing professional emergency and non-emergency services to protect lives, property and the environment of our community and the region we serve.

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Fire Station 21 to host car seat installations

Fire Station 21 will host car-seat installations one Saturday per month 9 a.m.-noon starting Feb. 21. Experts will be on hand at the clinics to properly install car seats for children.
Nine out of 10 car seats are used incorrectly. Make sure your child rides safely. Call Esther DeLaCruz from Child Passenger Safety Associates Inc. at 651-207-2008 or email to set up your free appointment on one of these dates:
  • Saturday, Feb. 21.
  • Saturday, March 28.
  • Saturday, April 18.
  • Saturday, May 16.
  • Saturday, June 13.
  • Saturday, July 18.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15.
  • Saturday, Sept. 12.
  • Saturday, Oct. 17.
  • Saturday, Nov. 14.
  • Saturday, Dec. 12.

Minneapolis Fire Department Cadet Graduation

The Minneapolis Fire Department graduates its newest class of cadets.  The cadets have received training on fire ground operations, hazardous materials and technical and water rescue techniques. They have become certified as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and obtained the required Minnesota state Firefighter License. Of the 13 cadets graduating, 12 are veterans.

Minneapolis Fire Department Begins Youth Program
The Minneapolis Fire Department begins programs working with The City of Minneapolis Youths ages 14-21 to spark interest in the Fire and Emergency Service fields. Partnering with the Minneapolis Public Schools introducing students into the field of Emergency Medical Services along with the Boy Scouts of America to begin a Fire and Emergency Services Explorer Program, the first program of this type since the Minneapolis Fire Reserves program which was active from the early 1950's until about 1989. The goal is to expose inner city youths to the Fire Service creating an interest in and providing a career path for Minneapolis youths who are inspired to follow it towards a rewarding career with the Minneapolis Fire Department.

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The American Red Cross are proud providers of American Heart Association CPR/ EEC training and certification, serving Minneapolis, St Paul and the entire Twin Cities Metro. Learning the life-saving skills of CPR has never been easier. Depending on your needs, choose to enroll in one of our regularly scheduled classes or request a course designed specifically for your group, at your location! Classes can even be scheduled for the next day! Our lead instructor is a Firefighter/EMT with real world CPR and first aid experience. He makes all of our courses exciting, fun, and convenient! We have no minimum student class requirement and also offer online training with skills test-outs. Take a look below and see which class is right for you!

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Last updated Feb 18, 2015