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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 diverse, 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 high-performing, 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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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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Last updated Oct 30, 2014