League Seeks City Official to Serve on Committee that Oversees Grants to MN Fire Departments

The League is seeking an elected or appointed city official to serve on the Scoring/Oversight Committee of the state Service Planning Grant Program.

The State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) administers the Service Planning Grant Program (previously called the Shared Services Grant Program), which provides grant awards to Minnesota fire departments to study sharing of resources in their areas. The newly revised program is currently accepting applications for the $250,000 available until June 20, 2019.

Service Planning Grants can be used for information-gathering and a variety of studies. Those studies can examine everything from sharing training needs, administrative costs, personnel and equipment, to full consolidation of departments.

The Scoring/Oversight Committee is part of the application process for the Service Planning Grant Program. The committee will have one member each from the following organizations:

  • Minnesota State Fire Department Association as appointed by their president.
  • Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association as appointed by their president.
  • Minnesota Professional Firefighters as appointed by their president.
  • Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division as appointed by the state fire marshal.
  • League of Minnesota Cities as appointed.
  • Association of Minnesota Townships as appointed.
  • Fire Service Advisory Committee as appointed by their chair.

The group meets only as needed to review and score the applications submitted for the fiscal year 2018-2019 program. The first meeting will likely be at the beginning of 2018.

How to apply
Interested applicants should complete a short questionnaire and submit it with a resume or brief bio to Laura Ziegler and Heather Corcoran at liaison@lmc.org by 12 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Preference will be given to elected and appointed city officials who are not otherwise represented on the Scoring/Oversight Committee.

Questions about the Scoring/Oversight committee? Please contact State Fire Marshal Bruce West at (651) 201-7200 or bruce.west@state.mn.us.

Questions about the appointment process or questionnaire? Contact LMC staff member Heather Corcoran or Laura Ziegler at liaison@lmc.org.

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