The Minneapolis Fire Department is led by John Fruetel. Chief Fruetel has served in the department for more than 30 years, where he began his service in 1979. He has held the position of firefighter, fire captain, battalion chief, duty deputy chief, deputy chief of training and assistant chief of operations. He began his tenure as the Fire Chief on March 1, 2012.
Chief Fruetel is committed to firefighter safety, prevention and education, and community engagement. The Minneapolis Fire Department has a proud history of providing emergency response to the City of Minneapolis. People who live, work, and play in Minneapolis receive superior emergency service from a highly skilled workforce. Minneapolis firefighters are trained to respond to structure fires, medical emergencies, emergencies on lakes and rivers, technical and hazardous materials crises, and natural disasters citywide. The department recruits and develops a diverse workforce that respects individual differences. Chief Fruetel prides himself on leading a department of firefighters who enrich the city while serving in the community.
The Minneapolis Fire Department is a customer service organization committed to providing professional emergency and non-emergency services to protect lives, property and the environment of our community and the region we serve.
The Fire Cadet application period is now Closed.
Minneapolis CERT Program
Community Outreach Programs
National Fire Prevention Week, October 9 - 15, 2016
Emergency Medical Services
Basic Animal Rescue Training - BART
Vulnerable Adult Reporting
Minneapolis Fire Department Training Division
Special Operations Teams
Effective Emergency Response
Minneapolis Fire Department History - (PDF)
Station 10 Mickey the Fire Cat
Video History Of the Minneapolis Fire Department
Minneapolis Fire Department Honor Guard
Serving The Community - Enriching The City