Fire chiefs will receive letters from the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education with instructions on how to submit reimbursement requests.
The Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education (MBFTE) announced Aug. 14 that it will distribute a total of nearly $8 million for firefighter training for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).
Fire chiefs across the state should soon receive reimbursement award letters from the MBFTE. The letters will be sent via U.S. mail and email and will provide information about the amount of reimbursement the fire department is eligible to receive, and how to submit reimbursement requests and confirm receipt of funds. The deadline for submitting reimbursement requests is July 15, 2021.
The funds will provide $200 per firefighter in training reimbursement awards. Additionally, in a continued partnership with the MBFTE, Sourcewell will be providing the 49 fire departments within Region 5 (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties) with an additional $205 per firefighter in training reimbursement awards.
The dollars will also fund several other programs coordinated by the MBFTE, including training and certification programs, 125 live burns in acquired structures, conference and seminar grants for 13 projects, and continuation of the Fire Service Leadership Development course in FY 2021.
For more information, contact MBFTE Executive Director Steve Flaherty at Steve.Flaherty@state.mn.us or (651) 201-7258.