Apply Now to Serve on the MN Fire Service Advisory Committee

City staff and elected officials are encouraged to apply for one of the two League appointment openings by Dec. 22.
(Published Dec 6, 2017)

Two city seats are now open on the Minnesota Fire Service Advisory Committee.

Under state law, the League president appoints two city officials for this committee. Both positions are currently vacant. Former Plainview Mayor William Goede and Arden Hills Administrative Services Director Sue Iverson previously filled the two city seats on the committee.

Powers and duties
The Fire Service Advisory Committee provides recommendations to the commissioner of Public Safety on fire service-related issues and fire safety funds for the following topics:

  • Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education
  • Programs and staffing for the State Fire Marshal Division
  • Fire-related regional response team programs and any other fire service programs that have the potential for statewide impact.

The committee consists of representatives from each of the following organizations:

  • Two appointed by the president of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association.
  • Two appointed by the president of the Minnesota State Fire Department Association.
  • Two appointed by the president of the Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters.
  • Two appointed by the president of the League of Minnesota Cities.
  • One appointed by the president of the Minnesota Association of Townships.
  • One appointed by the president of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota.
  • One appointed jointly by the presidents of the Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators and the Fire Marshals Association of Minnesota.
  • Commissioner of Public Safety or the commissioner’s designee.

The commissioner of Public Safety must make sure that at least three of the members of the advisory committee work and live in counties outside of the seven-county metropolitan area.

See the list of current members

The committee meets at least six times per year at the Elk River Fire Department. Meetings in 2018 are scheduled for the following dates: Jan. 3 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), March 7 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), June 6 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Aug. 8 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), Sept. 5 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), and Dec. 5 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.). There is a conference call option, but members are encouraged to attend in person if possible. Members serve without compensation.

How to apply
Interested applicants should complete a short questionnaire, including one to two references, and submit it with a resume or brief bio to Heather Corcoran at by noon on Dec. 22.

Questions about the committee? Contact Margaret Koele at (651) 201-7259 or

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