John Fruetel confirmed as next fire chief

Mayor R. T. Rybak’s nomination of John Fruetel as the next chief of the Minneapolis Fire Department was confirmed unanimously by the City Council at its Jan. 27 meeting. Fruetel’s term as fire chief begins March 1. He currently serves as the City’s emergency preparedness training manager.

Fruetel served in the Minneapolis Fire Department for 31 years, retiring in 2010 as assistant chief. He began his career as a firefighter with the Fire Department in the 1979. He was promoted to captain in 1986 and to battalion chief in 1993. In 1998, Fruetel was named deputy chief of the Training Division, then deputy chief of Operations prior to being appointed assistant chief of Operations 2007.

In 2010, Fruetel moved to the City’s Emergency Management Division, where he was responsible for the implementation and coordination of the Training Needs Assessment Program. Fruetel has been a leader in the City’s emergency preparedness and response efforts. He played a key role in the emergency response to the I-35W bridge collapse in 2007 and the 2011 tornado in North Minneapolis.


Published Feb 1, 2012