The Minnesota State Volunteer Firefighters Association

MSVFA is A Registered 501(C)(6) Non Profit Corporation
The concept of having an association that would have a specific focus on the volunteer firefighter in Minnesota has been batted around since the early 1990's. On July 4th 2007, Independence Day it finally started. 

MSVFA represents the interests of the Volunteer Firefighters.
MSVFA is the ONLY association strictly dedicated to that mission.

As mentioned previously, the concept of having an association that would have a specific focus on the volunteer firefighter in Minnesota has been batted around since the early 1990's. For years it seems like the MSFCA and the MSFDA were at odds with each other and sometimes appeared to loose focus on what was important, the Volunteers. At one point a few years ago (mid 1990's) there was talk of starting a Volunteer Fire Chiefs group as many volunteer fire chiefs were dissatisfied with the actions of the MSFCA.

On July 4th 2007, Independence day it finally started. All the talk finally evolved into the starting of an association to represent volunteer firefighters.

The MSVFA is governed by a Board of Governors. The State has been divided into seven (7) regions with a Governor representing the geographic area. The current officers of the MSVFA are listed below. The regions are made up of counties and are also listed below.

Individuals eligible for membership;
Active or retired non-chief officer (Chiefs wishing to join please note associate members section) members of all regularly organized volunteer (volunteer, paid-on-call), fire departments Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) Firefighters  U.S. Forest Service Firefighters.

Membership in this association shall consist of five classes: Membership Applications

  • Active
  • Associate
  • Honorary
  • Lifetime
  • Corporate 

Volunteer firefighters are deeply woven into the basic fabric of Minnesota and our nation. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are close to 800,000 volunteer firefighters across the United States, and the majority of this nation's geographical area is protected by volunteer fire departments. Of all the fire departments in America, 73 percent are all-volunteer departments. 

Minnesota Firefighter Demographics
Source: National Fire Department Census Database
690 = Fire Departments (787 actual)
864 = Fire Stations (961 actual)

Firefighters 19,862 (21,842 est 100 FDs have not reported yet)

1,842 = Career (1,875 est)

18,020 = Volunteers (19,665 est 100 FDs have not reported yet)

9,248 = Volunteer PPC (Paid Per Call)

8,772 = Volunteer

Fire Department information from the USFA Fire Department Census
Fire Department Demographic Information

Minnesota has NO organization that has as its main focus the rank and file volunteer or paid-on-call firefighter, until now.

The MSFCA represents Chiefs Issues.
Region Board make up - all Chief Officers

The MSFDA represents Department Management Issues.
Region Board make up – majority are Chief Officers

The MPFF represents Career Firefighter Issues.


The MSVFA WILL represent YOU and YOUR issues as a firefighter.
Firefighters, both career, paid-on-call and volunteer, are extremely dedicated to public service. This trait explains why firefighters often take tremendous risks to save the lives of the citizens they are sworn to protect. 

Volunteer firefighters, because of their diverse educational and employment backgrounds, bring tremendous depth and diversity to any emergency scene based upon their regular jobs and expertise in their communities. In many cases, volunteer firefighters invest an enormous amount of time and dedication to fire fighting, moving the fire service forward through improved fire fighting techniques and technological innovations.

America's volunteer fire service has faithfully served our nation for more than 300 years. Volunteer firefighters serve their communities with dedication and enthusiasm. Volunteer fire departments save local communities approximately $37 billion per year, money that can be reinvested to improve local infrastructure, social programs and minimize the local tax burden.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, America has learned that local emergency responders are the community's FIRST line of response, regardless of the event. Community protection and well-being depends on the experience, expertise and tenure of local emergency service providers. The volunteer fire service faces significant challenges in overcoming a basic lack of resources, both financial and in human capital. Only by aggressively confronting both of these issues will we create the necessary atmosphere of stability that will allow volunteer fire and rescue departments to meet the new expectations and challenges of the 21st century.