The Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education was established by the Minnesota Legislature as defined in Minnesota Statute 299N. Its function is to: (1) review fire service training needs and make recommendations on training to Minnesota fire service organizations; (2) establish standards for educational programs for the fire service and develop procedures for continuing oversight of the programs; and (3) establish qualifications for fire service training instructors in programs and establish standards under which reimbursement will be provided for training and education.
The Board consists of the following members pursuant according to statute.
Membership of the Board consists of the following members appointed by the governor:
- Five members representing the Minnesota State Fire Department Association, four of whom must be volunteer firefighters and one of whom may be a career firefighter;
- Two members representing the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association, one of whom must be a volunteer fire chief;
- Two members representing the Minnesota Professional Firefighters Association;
- Two members representing Minnesota home rule charter and statutory cities;
- Two members representing Minnesota towns, appointed by the governor; the commissioner of public safety or the commissioner's designee; and
- One public member not affiliated or associated with any member or interest represented.
Board member roles and responsibilities, meeting format, and officer nominations and elections are outlined in the Operating Procedures.Organization Chart