Minnesota Fire Chiefs Gather for Conference at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association hosts a conference at the DECC with about 545 fire chiefs and crew members in attendance.

The conference’s primary goal is to bring Minnesota fire chiefs and trainees together to network, learn, and improve their tactics.

“This is a great turnout to see all of our chief officer colleagues and firefighters and fire officers together in one spot so we can network and share strategies and tactics,” said MSFCA President John Cunningham. “Learn some new tricks of the trade and some new products.”

The annual four-day conference is back after taking a break last year due to the pandemic.
Seminars and demonstrations are among the different events offered at the conference to fire crew members.

“It’s given them an opportunity to reconnect with older friends that maybe they started with, and then they went in separate directions, and now they’re coming together, so they said it’s almost a homecoming of sorts,” said DFD Deputy Chief John Otis. “You see people who have been in the fire service for a while, but you also see new up and coming officers.”

The conference is an excellent way for city and volunteer fire chiefs to learn news incident techniques to bring back to their departments.

“This is also a way for us to say thank you today, and tonight we’ll actually be recognizing a handful of chief officers and legislatures and people that have just had a positive impact on the fire service,” said Cunningham.

The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association will be back at the DECC next year.

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