Public Safety

North Metro Fire Training Center

Fire Training Site Features:



Burn room with temperature sensors and ordinary combustible props for live fire attacks. Temperature alarm soon to be added.

Two story residential building with attic, constructed of steel and supplied with smoke generator; ideal for interior search and rescue, interior hose stream advances, and applying fire ground organization procedures.

Four story training tower with roof top railing and rescue rope rings; great for aerial and ground ladder practices, rope rappelling, high rise fire attack, master streams, high rise rescue techniques. (Note: There is no standpipe connection.)

Roof ventilation cutouts atop the two and one half story training building that provide realism for firefighters' use of power saws and axes to open up roof.

Confined space entry training includes two interconnected eight foot deep manholes, with a twenty four foot underground concrete pipe to the storm sewer outfall.

Propane gas fires including a 500 gallon propane tank and propane "tree" to give real hands on training


North Metro Fire Training Center Calendar

North Metro Fire Training Center Rental Application

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Kitchen Safety and Cooking Fires

More fires begin in the kitchen than any other room in the home. In fact, residential cooking is one of the leading causes of fire-related deaths. The majority of kitchen fires begin with cooking equipment. Number one on the list of fire sources are stoves, including microwave ovens.

Be constantly alert to cooking habits

  • Keep pot handles turned toward the back of the stove: a small child could pull on a handle extending out at the front of a stove and be burned or scalded by the pot's contents. Avoid loose clothing while cooking: loose clothing can brush heating elements and easily catch fire.
  •  Never leave food cooking unattended on the stove.
  • Never store frequently used items above the stove where you may be burned reaching over the hot stove to get them.
  • Remove pans of cooking fat or oils from the stove when not in use - it's easy to accidentally turn on the wrong burner.

To help prevent kitchen fires

  • Keep stove and oven clean because built-up grease and food particles are easily ignited. Keep combustibles (i.e. curtains, dish towels, plastic or wood utensils, newspapers, grocery bags) away from the stove, oven and all appliances.
  • Unplug kettles, frying pans and other appliances when not in use.
    In case of a grease or pan fire
  • Turn off the stove. Smother flames with a pot lid or larger pan, if possible. Protect your hand with an oven mitt or wrapped dish towel.
  • Use of an approved portable fire extinguisher only if you are familiar with its safe operation.
  • Never throw water or use flour on a grease fire.
  • In case of an oven fire, close the oven door and turn off the oven.
    Never touch or attempt to carry a flaming pot. The contents may spill, spread or burn you.
  • If the fire is not brought under control immediately, get you and your family out and call 9-1-1.

What if I accidentally make contact with a flame or hot surface?

  • If your clothing catches fire: stop where you are, drop to the ground, and roll back and forth to put the fire out.
  • Immediately cool a burn with cool running water under a tap for five to ten minutes and then seek medical attention.

How safe is my microwave oven?

  • Microwave ovens are safe appliances, but if you accidentally place a twist-tie or other piece of metal inside an oven, "arcing" may occur and pose a danger.
  • In case of fire, unplug the appliance and do not open the microwave door until the flames are out.
    What other steps can I take to prevent kitchen fires?
  • · Make stove controls easy to read from a distance - perhaps mark "off" with a bright red dot.
  • · Examine the stove and oven, toasters, coffee makers, and other cooking devices for signs of cracking, fraying or wear on cords and plugs.
  • · Look for signs of overheating.
  • · Check for recognized testing laboratory labels to show that the unit has been well designed.

·Fire extinguishment and evacuation

  • A dry chemical fire extinguisher belongs in the kitchen. Mount it to the wall near an exit and not too close to the stove.
  • Know when and how to operate your extinguisher; read the label carefully for directions.
  • Remember, your first priority is to evacuate and call the Fire Department at 9-1-1.When purchasing electrical appliances and fixtures, look for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) seal of approval. This is your assurance that the CSA has tested the products for shock and fire hazards. Ontario Hydro requires that only CSA tested and listed electrical appliances and fixtures be used in Ontario.
  •  When purchasing fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, look for the Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC) label. This is your assurance that the ULC has tested the equipment and that it will perform satisfactorily provided you use it and/or install it in accordance with the listing specifications.

Candle Safety

A recent report shows that candle deaths increased 750% from 1980 (20 deaths) to 1998 (170 deaths.) The report shows that house fires caused by candles have increased from 8,500 in 1980 to 12,900 in 1998. In most cases, candles caused house fires when they were left unattended, tipped over and ignited nearby combustibles. Almost half of home candle fires start in the bedroom. Mattresses or bedding are the most common items that ignite, followed by furniture (dressers, desks, and tables) and then curtains. Tealights and tapers are common culprits in candle fires. A child playing with the candle itself or near the candle is one of the biggest contributors to candle fires. Faced with fire, many children hide in a closet or under a bed leading to tragic fatalities.
  • Reduce the change of a fire by following these safety tips:
  • Keep matches, lighters and candles away from children
  • Never leave burning candles unattended
  • Keep combustible materials away from candles
  • Do not put candles in a location where children or pets can knock them over
  • Use only non-flammable candle holders
  • Always trim the wick before lighting the candle


Emergency Preparedness

Are YOU ready? Would you know what to do in an emergency?

'EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS' website information: - information from Homeland Security on how to prepare for an emergency. - a Minnesota initiative created to help Minnesotans be informed, organized and connected about emergency preparedness.

Click here  for information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Click here  for information about the Anoka County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 Click on the link below for realtime weather updates for the Columbia Heights/Fridley area:

Motorized Scooters

A law passed in the 2005 legislative session (Laws 2005, chapter 135) generally gives to motorized foot scooters the same rights and responsibilities as bicycles on streets and highways.

View more information about motorized scooters.

Level 3 Predatory Offender Notification Meeting

On April 3, Fridley Police learned that Level 3 Predatory Offender Irvin Lee Bordeaux will not be living in Fridley.  Bordeaux, who had originally registered to live in the City of Fridley upon his release from custody April 6, has registered as "homeless" in Minneapolis. He will be required to report weekly to Minneapolis Police.

View the Predatory Offender Fact Sheet

This notification is meant to provide information and alleviate fear, not create it. The most important factor to consider is that people who commit predatory crimes have always lived in our communities. The difference is that since the 1990's, Minnesota statutes allow local police departments to inform citizens of certain offender's general whereabouts.

There are approximately 55 registered predatory offenders living in the City of Fridley. The Fridley Police Department regularly conducts compliance checks on these offenders. This enforcement ensures that offenders living within our borders are in compliance. Investigations are conducted on those offenders found to be non-compliant as defined by Minnesota statute, with criminal prosecution pursued through the Anoka County Attorney's office.

The predatory offender is required by law to register with local authorities and to keep authorities apprised of any subsequent changes in residence.

Crime Prevention for Homes

Each year in the U.S, there are more than five million home burglaries. Nine out of ten of these crimes are preventable. The risk of being burglarized can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to would-be burglars. Remember the greatest weapons in the fight to prevent burglaries are light, time and noise. Click here for Burglary Prevention tips.

Forfeited Vehicle Sale

In Spring 2009, the Fridley Police Department contracted with The State of Minnesota Surplus Services to dispose of vehicles that have been forfeited to the Police Department.

Minnesota Surplus Services holds on-line auctions continuously as vehicles are received from the City. For more information or to view vehicles for sale, please visit Minnesota Surplus Services.

If you have any questions please contact the Fridley Police Detective Lieutenant.

School Resource Officer

Recognizing the importance of maintaining a good working relationship with its citizens, as well as educating its youth, the Fridley Police Department developed a School Resource Officer Program, a nationally accepted plan to place a law enforcement officer within schools. 

Read more: School Resource Officer


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    Director of Public Safety: Donovan W. Abbott

    Fridley squad car763-572-3629

    The Police Department is located in the lower level of the Fridley Municipal Center at 6431 University Avenue NE in Fridley, Minnesota. Redesigned in 1989, the facility has offices, holding cells, a firing range, heated garages for squads and equipment, locker rooms and an emergency operations center.

    The department provides around the clock police service with 40 sworn peace officers and 15 full- or part-time civilian staff. A Public Safety Director and two Captains, each in charge of a Division, administer the department. The Field Operations division consists of the uniformed patrol officers and non-sworn community service officers. The Technical Services division includes Information Services, Special Projects and Investigation.


    Mission Statement

    Our mission is to promote a safe and desirable city by partnering with the community to preserve life, protect property, and defend rights. We will strive to enhance public trust through quality leadership, education and respect for all. We will enforce laws with impartiality, and we will provide all service with integrity and the highest degree of professional behavior.
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