John Fruetel sworn in as City’s 17th fire chief

John Fruetel became the City’s 17th fire chief after a March 1 swearing-in ceremony. Fruetel succeeds Alex Jackson, who retired after serving as fire chief since 2008.   

Fruetel began his career as a firefighter with the Minneapolis Fire Department in 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 Mar 14, 2012