Minnesota Fire Fighters Foundation

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History

MNFFF was founded by firefighters in a community outside the twin cities who were concerned about the staggering number of deaths being attributed to ongoing health risks on the job. These firefighters began to think of ways to give back and make it our mission to help firefighters and fire departments with getting the word out about not only the challenges of being a firefighter but also the increased number of cases where firefighters have been diagnosed with serious health issues. The wear your mask campaign is about providing a quicker solution to help purchase the necessary equipment through fundraisers and private donations.

 
 

Board members

 
 

PRESIDENT

Tim Trainor

Why a firefighter

I like giving back to my community through public service.  Making calls is part of the job but donating time and my passion for the bigger picture is what it is about.    

How long 

4.5 years

Medical responder for over 10 years through my work! 

Why the foundation 

After seeing a video and reflecting on what it really means to be a fire fighter I sat down with a small group of guys to see what we could do to spread the word about all the challenges beyond firefighting we face and that is how the foundation started.  Providing solutions without grants and other means is what we are about. 

Favorite free time activity

Fishing

 
 

 
 

Vice PresidenT

Chris Adams

Why a firefighter

After what happened on that Horrific day 9/11, I made a choice to get involved in the Fire department. When I settled down I joined up and the journey began. I made it my goal to take a class every year to further my knowledge on the Fire Department. Giving back to the community and being part of the brotherhood that tackles any obstacles thrown at them.

How long

8 years firefighter/ Instructor/ Inspector

Why the foundation

It was late 2016 when I saw the training video on carcinogens effects on firefighters. It was a shock to me. Everything we have done in the past was bad. So a small group of us decided to start a foundation and start fighting back against Cancer. I will do whatever it takes to help the Brotherhood and changing Culture to take on the fight against cancer.

 
 

 
 

treasurer

Presten Bean

Why a Firefighter

After learning about two significant tragedies in our community I was feeling the urge to become more active in our community.  One Saturday morning at my daughter's basketball game I was asked if I would consider becoming a firefighter.  At the time I had little knowledge of what it takes to become a firefighter, but I did know that this would give me the opportunity to make a difference. 

How long

3 years

Why the foundation

During one our trainings, light was shed on the hidden health risks that we face as Firefighters.  I had a hard time comprehending that the elevated health risks were not apart of my training.  Through the FireFighters Foundation we have a unique opportunity to make a larger impact not only in our communities, but across the state.  We have a chance to make difference and save lives. 

 
 

 

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Kelly Piller

Why a firefighter

I am a second generation firefighter, chasing the fire trucks as a kid and watching my dad perform such a selfless act for 28 years, I knew I was eventually going to answer the call. Only regret I have is why it took me so long to join the brotherhood. Better late then never.     

How long 

3 years 

Why the foundation 

I am always trying to find ways to give back to the community and help others and the MNFFF seemed like the right fit for me. This cause is so important.

Favorite free time activity

Spending time with my family


 

Jess Vraspir

Why a firefighter

As a kid, Johnny and Roy showed us how It looked helping people in the time of need.  Yes, it was Hollywood, but it inspired me to dream. I first joined in 1996 to see if I would enjoy it, and was instantly hooked on the camaraderie and the feeling of public service on the department.  Over time, I can admit that it is not really like the movies...it's better:).      

How long 

22 years 

Why the foundation 

I have been blessed through the years to have worked with some great people in the fire service.  While we spend so much time and money sourcing and training on the best tools and equipment to level the threat, we have watched cancer numbers soar from the hidden hazards of our work. The loud dangers we see, but the silent killer has been overlooked for too long.  We need to change that.

Favorite free time activity

Playing Music, Hiking, and Hangin' with my Family.