Governor's Council on Fire Prevention and Control
Function: The mission of the Governor's Council on Fire Prevention and Control is to provide a focal point for the exchange of information, to develop the best possible fire education, protection and prevention services for the people of Minnesota, and to coordinate the delivery of this information.
Advises the governor, commissioner of public safety, and other state agencies and political subdivisions concerning fire protection research, fire prevention and control, and related education and training programs in Minnesota. Acts as Minnesota's principal contact with the U.S. Fire Administration for purposes of application and receipt of federal funds.
In 1969 legislation was passed creating a state advisory council on fire service education and research. The council was provided with funding and was to report back to the legislature. After three reports were presented, this council was scheduled to expire. Encouraged by strong fire service and public support, an effort was launched in the 1976 session to reinstate the council.
On May 6, 1976 the Governor issued Executive Order No. 126 creating an Advisory Committee on Fire Service Education. That Executive Order remained effective through December 31, 1978 when Executive Order No. 187 on December 15, 1978 created the Governor's Council on Fire Prevention & Control.
The Council continues to operate under Executive Order No. 03-04, signed by Governor Pawlenty on April 4, 2003. In 1992 the Council began reporting directly to the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. The Council annually meets with the Commissioner to deliver its Annual Report.
15 members appointed by commissioner of public safety, plus several nonvoting, ex officio members.; Per exec. order 83-9, 15 members appointed by governor, plus several ex officio members.
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