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MU FRTI Fire Service Instructor of the Year Awarded

 

November 7, 2016

 

Instructor of the Year

Assistant Chief/Training Officer Robert Shramek, Jr. of Lincoln County FPD # 1 and Adjunct Instructor for MU FRTI awarded the Institute’s Fire Service Instructor of the Year 2016. Pictured (L to R) MU FRTI Director David Hedrick, Assistant Chief Robert Shramek, Jr., and MU FRTI Associate Director Kevin Zumwalt.

The University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) presented the Fire Service Instructor of the Year award for 2015-2016 at the annual Instructor’s Conference on November 5, 2016. The conference and awards ceremony were held at the Camden on the Lake Resort in Lake Ozarks, MO.

This year’s recipient of the MU FRTI Instructor of the Year award is Robert Shramek, Jr., Assistant Chief and Training Officer with Lincoln County Fire Protection District 1 in Troy, MO. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick said, “Instructor Shramek exemplifies the very best in fire service instruction and we are proud of his dedicated service with the Institute.” Shramek has been an adjunct instructor with the MU FRTI program since 2012.

Shramek started his career as a junior firefighter at the age of 13 with the Silex Millwood Fire Department which is now the Northwest Fire Protection District. As a volunteer he served in a variety of positions including Assistant Chief. In 1999, he became a career firefighter with Lincoln County FPD, and was promoted to Captain in 2000. He obtained his State of Missouri Instructor Certification in 2001. In 2013, he completed the Institute’s Fire Officer Certificate Program. Two years later, he was appointed Assistant Chief & Training Officer with his department.  Instructor Shramek remarked that, “I enjoy traveling all over the state providing training to fire departments. I also find that I learn additional skills from the fire departments I teach that I can take back to my department.”

In addition to the award given to Assistant Chief Shramek, MU FRTI recognized the first and second runners-up for the Instructor of the Year. First runner-up was Michael Arnhart, Fire Chief with the High Ridge Fire Protection District in High Ridge, MO, and MU FRTI adjunct instructor. Chief Arnhart was the 2014 recipient of the Instructor of the Year. Deputy Chief Les Crews with the Monarch Fire Protection District in Chesterfield, MO, was Second Runner-Up.

Director Hedrick acknowledged the important job that all fire service instructors perform, “Fire Instructors have the responsibility of preparing the firefighter to competently perform skills and techniques necessary in saving lives and property of the citizens they serve. The potential impact that each instructor can make through each class they deliver is incalculable. Through the classes they teach, MU FRTI Instructors enable Missouri firefighters to perform their work safely and effectively by providing the best and most relevant training and education.”

MU FRTI is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. Last year over 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders received training from the Institute. The Institute has a cadre of over 130 adjunct instructors.


MU FRTI Receives a New Specialized Mobile Fire Training Simulator

 

October 13, 2016

 

Specialized Mobile Fire Training Simulator

The first Vehicle Firefighting class utilizing the new training simulator was held in Wheatland, MO, on October 8, 2016.

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) recently took delivery on a new Specialized Mobile Fire Training Simulator System. The simulator is designed to provide specialized training in fire scenarios involving vehicles, dumpsters/trash receptacles, liquid spills, and gas cylinder fires. The system is incorporated with a trailer to make the training as accessible as possible as the Institute offers 80% of its training in the field to meet career and volunteer fire service schedules and needs. The simulator was acquired through the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program funding, along with a local funding match from the University of Missouri Extension.

Based on fire department reporting, it is apparent that car fires and other special hazard exterior fires, such as dumpster fire situations, are increasingly more prevalent in fire department responses. Safe, realistic skills training in these areas are essential to protect firefighters and the community when responding to these unique and potentially hazardous emergency situations. In addition to meeting identified emerging fire training needs, this program will increase the Institute’s ability to serve more firefighters in the state at the local level through mobile training programs.

The simulator system was manufactured by Bullex Digital Safety to provide hands-on training in conjunction with the Institute’s identified specialized training courses for firefighters. The mobile unit provides students with the opportunity to apply skills acquired in a classroom in realistic hands-on training scenarios utilizing four different fire training props. Ultimately the new training program initiated by this mobile simulator system will enable safer, competent firefighters, thus ensuring safer citizens and safer communities.

The Institute recognizes the need to meet emerging fire training needs through its programming. By implementing a training program to address these training needs, the Institute is holding true to its mission to deliver quality fire and emergency response training programs to meet the occupational needs of the state’s emergency responders.

The first Vehicle Firefighting class utilizing the new training simulator was held in Wheatland, MO, on October 8, 2016. The class was hosted locally by Hickory County Fire and Rescue. Twenty-two students completing the training course. Subsidy funding to support the training delivery of the class was provided by State Farm® through a “Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant” with MU FRTI.

 MU FRTI is a unit of MU Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. The Institute provides training to approximately 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders each year.

 


Application Period for FY 2016 AFG Announced

 

October 12, 2016

 

FEMA AFG

AFG Application Period for FY 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Opens Tuesday, October 11, 2015 at 8 A.M. ET

The application period is now open through November 18, 2016 at 5 PM ET. Application assistance tools are available. Begin your application now by utilizing the application assistance tools available below:

Application Assistance Tools:



112 Fallen Firefighters to be honored at National Memorial on Sunday, October 9

 

October 7, 2016

 

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

The 35th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service begins at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

On Sunday, October 9, 2016, the U.S. Fire Service will honor the memory of 79 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2015 and 33 firefighters who died in previous years. The 35th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service begins at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

“Firefighters possess an extraordinary blend of courage and compassion which allows them to willingly face tremendous risks to help those in need,” said Chief Dennis Compton, NFFF Chairman of the Board. “Each fall, we gather to reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in the line of duty and to let their families, friends and co-workers know they will never be forgotten.”

More than 5,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, Administration officials and firefighters are expected to attend on Sunday. Firefighter Honor Guards and Pipe & Drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national remembrance.

NFFF provides live satellite feed and streaming of ceremonies along with video of events for downloading courtesy of VISTA Worldlink and WUSA9.com. For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored go to weekend.firehero.org. There you will also find Memorial Weekend streaming information, videos, photos, and satellite coordinates.

The annual tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration and is possible through the generous support from Motorola Solutions, Department of Justice, State Farm Insurance Companies, Tyco, VFIS, Provident and the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.



Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016

 

October 3, 2016

 

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week: October 9-15, 2016

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Read more from NFPA Journal.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

Find out more at nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week



Join a Nationwide Tribute for Fallen Firefighters:

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters Part of National Memorial Service

 

September 11, 2016

 

Bells Across America

The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station.

Since the early days of the fire service, bells have been used as a way to summon firefighters to a station, communicate the type of emergency or announce the end of a shift. When a firefighter died in the line of duty, a special sequence of five bells was tapped. The tolling of bells is still a tradition to honor the fallen during funerals and memorial services for firefighters.

You can be part of a national tradition to honor the memories of firefighters who died in the line of duty and show your support for their survivors. Join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters. This poignant tribute is part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 8-9 in Emmitsburg, MD.

As the Memorial Service begins on Sunday, October 9, the bells at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel will chime. Local remembrances can occur any time between October 7 and 9, and can be a thoughtful moment of silence, a special reading or tolling a ceremonial bell by members of the local fire department. Suggestions for tributes that others have used and additional materials are available at www.bellsacrossamerica.com.

“Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters is a unique, grass-roots opportunity for a community to pay their respects to these brave men and women,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. “It is also a very meaningful way to show the survivors of the fallen that their loved ones will not be forgotten.”

More than 6,000 people, including Members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters will attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Members of the fire service, pipes and drums, and honor guard units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute.

A complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information is available at Weekend.Firehero.org.



MU Extension and FRTI Establishes an Advisory Council for the Institute

 

August 15, 2016

 

Advisory Council

MU FRTI Advisory Council members in a planning session meeting

University of Missouri Extension approved the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) to establish an Advisory Council for the Institute. In general, the purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide input and guidance on strategic planning and training initiatives. This will include advice on current and emerging trends and issues in fire, rescue, and emergency response that may impact the design and delivery of training services in Missouri.

The Council is composed of members selected to represent a cross section of the fire service. Members were selected by MU FRTI Administration with approval of the Extension Cabinet. Council members constitute a geographic cross-section of the fire service and other representative members.

An orientation and work session for the Advisory Council members was conducted on August 1-2, 2016, in the MU Extension’s Brady Deaton Conference Room on the MU campus in Columbia, MO. Council members were lead through work exercises that looked at the operations of the Institute and conducted a strategic planning session that led to the development of future priorities.

Deputy Chief Jeff Johnson of Kansas City Fire Department was elected as Chair of the Council. Deputy Chief Les Crews of Monarch Fire Protection District was elected Vice-Chair, and Chief Tim Bean of West Plains Fire Department was elected as the Recording Secretary.

MU FRTI is a unit of MU Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. The Institute provides training to approximately 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders each year.



MU FRTI Receives Gift from State Farm

 

July 20, 2016

 

State Farm

State Farm partnership program with MU FRTI. From Left: State Farm Sales Leader Ryan Kenney; Columbia State Farm Agents Brian Hazelrigg, Cheryl Kelly, DJ Hinds, Meera White, Justin Hahn, Phyllis Nichols, and Lisa Cravens; and MU FRTI Director David Hedrick.

The Curators of the University of Missouri, on behalf of the University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI), recently received a 2016 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. The State Farm gift to MU FRTI will support specialized training for Missouri emergency responders to highway incidents. Through this training the first responder will gain additional competency in the quick stabilization and removal of accident victims thus improving patient survival, while safely managing the incident scene and preventing additional accidents and injuries. The grant also provides funding for training on vehicle firefighting, a growing concern in Missouri.

Director Hedrick acknowledged the importance of the funding support for training by saying, “This training project, supported by State Farm, will improve the on-scene capabilities and safety of the firefighters as well as the citizens they serve.” The funding provided to MU FRTI was part of an larger overall gift to the University of Missouri intended to support a variety of University educational initiatives.

The Good Neighbor Citizenship Grants provided by State Farm Companies Foundation® and State Farm® help build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States. The grants focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.

Missouri’s 6 million citizens are served by an estimated 29,000 firefighters of which approximately 73% are volunteers. According to Missouri’s Fire Incident Report System, firefighters responded to over 350,000 incidents in 2015 which equates to almost one response every one and half minutes.

MU FRTI is a unit of MU Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. The Institute provides training to approximately 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders each year.



MU FRTI Receives FY17 State Funding for Fire Training Courses

 

July 6, 2016

 

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) was recently awarded funding through the Division of Fire Safety (DFS) and the Missouri Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission to deliver training courses in fiscal year 2017 (FY17). This funding will allow the delivery of "no-cost" training to firefighters throughout the state. The training will better prepare firefighters to handle fires and other emergencies in their local communities, thus enabling safer firefighters, safer citizens, and safer communities.

MU FRTI presented a statewide funding proposal to the Division of Fire Safety and the Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission in June for the delivery of training courses to fire departments through their field extension training program. MU FRTI was awarded over $162,000 in funding to help support the Institute's training initiatives for FY17.

MU FRTI Director, David Hedrick, said, "The Institute is highly appreciative to have received this state funding support. These funding resources will enable MU FRTI to provide basic and advanced training to fire departments across the state that will assist them in meeting training needs. MU FRTI looks forward to continuing their work with DFS and the Missouri Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission to improve the fire service in the State of Missouri through education and training."

MU FRTI is an Institute of the University of Missouri Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri's fire service and emergency response personnel.



MU FRTI Receives Equipment Donation from Utilimap Corporation

 

July 1, 2016

 

Utilimap

The used TICs donated were valued around $1,000.00 each and will become part of the Institute’s equipment that will be used in the Firefighter Friendly Thermal Imaging course.

The University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI), recently received an equipment donation from Utilimap Corporation to support fire service training initiatives. Utilimap donated twenty-five industrial grade Thermal Imaging Cameras to the Institute. Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) are used by the fire service to visually penetrate the dense smoke conditions of a fire and provide for quick location of citizens trapped or unconscious from the smoke. The cameras donated were used in industry to locate “hot” spots in equipment. They will be used in training classes as an introduction to TIC technology and to provide initial student orientation. Students will than advance to utilizing full fire service TICS as part of the training.

The used TICs donated were valued around $1,000.00 each and will become part of the Institute’s equipment that will be used in the Firefighter Friendly Thermal Imaging course.

Director Hedrick acknowledged the importance of the equipment support for the Institute by saying, “Utilimap’s donation of this equipment will enhance the training of firefighters on emerging technologies and applying those resources to actual fire and rescue situations. This contribution will result in the enhanced safety and protection of our firefighters and citizens.

Missouri’s 6 million citizens are served by an estimated 29,000 firefighters of which approximately 73% are volunteers. According to Missouri’s Fire Incident Report System, firefighters responded to over 350,000 incidents in 2015 which equates to almost one response every one and half minutes.

MU FRTI is a unit of MU Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. The Institute provides training to approximately 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders each year.



Dr. Marshall Stewart named MU Vice Chancellor of Extension and Engagement

 

June 13, 2016

 

Marshall Stewart

Marshall Stewart of North Carolina State University has been named vice chancellor of extension and engagement at MU.

The University of Missouri’s Interim Chancellor, Hank Foley, announced in May that Marshall Stewart, Director of college leadership and strategy at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named Vice Chancellor of Extension and Engagement at MU, effective Aug. 15, 2016.

During the course of his 30-year career in agricultural education and extension services, Dr. Stewart has served in many roles as an educator and leader of education and extension efforts. MU Interim Chancellor Foley said that: “He understands the importance of the land-grant mission and our obligation to bring our discoveries to the citizens of Missouri as we work to improve the lives of every Missourian.”

Stewart will replace Linda “Jo” Turner, who has been serving as interim vice provost and director of extension since April 2016. The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) is a continuing education unit under MU Extension.



MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation Provides Grant to MU FRTI to Support Rescue Training for Grain Entrapment Incidents

 

April 13, 2016

 

MFA

Craig Childs, Sr. Vice President MFA Agri Services, and Erin Teeple, Corporate Services & Human Resources Supervisor (center), presents a check to the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute from MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation to assist in supporting the grain bin rescue training program. Also pictured: Dr. Jo Turner, Interim Vice Provost for Extension (left) and David Hedrick Director MU FRTI (right).

The University of Missouri Extension, on behalf of the University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI), recently received a funding grant from the MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation to support the MU FRTI’s Grain Engulfment Rescue Training Program. The MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation gift to MU FRTI will support specialized training for Missouri emergency responders to grain entrapment and engulfment emergencies. Through this training the first responder will learn about the hazards and issues associated with grain entrapment/engulfment emergencies, and the basic techniques to safely conduct initial rescue operations. Students will apply selected rescue techniques to safely retrieve patients from grain entrapments utilizing a mobile grain bin simulator that is part of the course. Missouri, a part of the U.S. grain belt, has a high percentage of agricultural activity associated with grain production. The activities around and within the grain bins have the potential for entrapment or engulfment that can result in serious injury or death. The local fire departments are the first ones on the scene to deal with these emergencies and need the appropriate training to safely deal with the incident.

A 2010 Purdue University study revealed that the rate of grain entrapments in 2009 increased by 22.5% over the previous five-year average. Other data shows that 61% of grain bin incidents occur at rural farm facilities.

Director Hedrick acknowledged the importance of the Institute’s partnership with MFA Incorporated by saying, “MFA has been a significant contributor since the start of the grain rescue program by providing grain for use in the mobile simulator. This funding provided by the MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation will further enable the program to be more accessible by reducing the course costs to deliver the programs throughout the state.”

MFA Incorporated is a Midwest-based regional farm supply and marketing cooperative serving more than 45,000 farmer/owners in Missouri and adjacent states. The cooperative's 145 MFA Agri Services Centers combined with 24 locally owned MFA affiliates and approximately 400 independent dealers deliver products and services to help farmers succeed. The MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation provides monetary support to worthy community projects for the benefit of its citizens. Special regard is given to donation requests from organizations within areas of MFA Incorporated’s business operations, especially those programs for education, youth, and creating better communities.



The University of Missouri Extension to Bolster Fire Prevention Efforts with FM Global Grant

 

April 11, 2016

 

FM Global

Engineering Specialist James Rauba (center) presents a certificate and check to the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute from FM Global to support a fire prevention education and training project. Also pictured: Dr. Jo Turner, Interim Vice Provost for Extension (left) and David Hedrick Director MU FRTI (right).

The University of Missouri Extension has received a $3,500 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

FM Global representatives presented the award to the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) at their offices on the MU Columbia Campus located at 1110 S. College Avenue in Columbia, MO. The award will be used to assist with the training of Missouri firefighters in fire cause determination and arson awareness. This will assist local jurisdictions in more effective determination of fire cause, investigation, and analysis of community fire risk.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 35 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Missouri-based organizations.

MU FRTI’s Director, David Hedrick, said: “The Institute gratefully acknowledges the grant funding provided by FM Global to support this important fire prevention education/training project. The partnership between FM Global and MU FRTI will enable accessible quality training to Missouri’s Fire Service.”

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”

Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants quarterly to fire departments—as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide—that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.



New Regional Training Coordinator

 

March 1, 2016

 

Bruce Parton

Regional Training Coordinator for Region I: Mr. Bruce Parton of St. James, Missouri

Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced the appointment of a new Regional Training Coordinator for the Institute for Region I: Mr. Bruce Parton of St. James, Missouri. Regional Training Coordinator positions are part-time positions within the Institute. MU FRTI is a unit within the Division of Extension at the University and is charged with the responsibility for providing comprehensive continuing education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. MU FRTI provides training for over 13,000 firefighters and emergency responders each year.

Mr. Parton is Fire Chief with the St. James Fire Protection District. He has been an Adjunct Instructor with MU FRTI since 1988. Mr. Parton will be responsible for coordinating training courses in Missouri State Highway Patrol Region I which includes the counties of Crawford, Dent, Laclede, Maries, Phelps and Pulaski. Regarding Parton’s appointment as a Regional Training Coordinator, MU FRTI Director Hedrick said, "Bruce has been an active Adjunct Instructor for MU FRTI. He has a proven record of excellence in field extension training, and we look forward to Bruce’s continued work with the Institute in this new capacity."

Coordinator Parton fills the vacancy left by the retirement of MU FRTI Regional Training Coordinator Robert "Bob" Woody of Richland, Missouri. Mr. Woody has been an Adjunct Instructor for MU FRTI since the 1980s and has served as the Regional Training Coordinator for Region I since 1995. Director Hedrick said, “Bob has been instrumental in coordinating training activities for the Institute in his region. His contribution has directly resulted in the enhanced safety and protection of our citizens, state, and nation.”



Fire Service Instructor of the Year Awarded

 

October 27, 2015

 

Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold, Fire Chief, Thayer Fire Department, Instructor of the Year

The University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) presented the Fire Service Instructor of the Year award for 2014-2015 at the annual Instructor’s Conference on October 24, 2015. The conference and awards ceremony were held at the Country Club Hotel and Spa in Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

This year’s recipient of the MU FRTI Instructor of the Year award is Mark Arnold, Fire Chief with the Thayer Fire Department in Thayer, MO. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick said, “Instructor Arnold has a passion for providing the very best in fire service instruction, and the Institute is proud of his dedicated service as a member of our Instructional Cadre.” Arnold has been an adjunct instructor with the MU FRTI program since 1999.

Arnold started his career in the fire service in 1988 as a firefighter. He then had added duties as Safety and Training Officer. He earned his Firefighter 1 and 2 and his Instructor III in 1999. In 2000, he was appointed Assistant Chief, then in 2011, Fire Chief of the Thayer Fire Department. He received his BSE degree in Industrial Arts Education from the School of the Ozarks in 1981, and his MSE in Industrial Technology in 1987 from Southwest Missouri State University. Mark worked for 30 years with the Thayer High School where he taught Industrial Technology, retiring in 2011. He is also the Emergency Management Director for the City of Thayer. Instructor Arnold said that, “his greatest reward is seeing his students learn safe tasks to make them better firefighters.”

In addition to the award given to Chief Arnold, MU FRTI recognized the first and second runners-up for the Instructor of the Year. First runner-up was David Nichols, retired Fire Marshal from the Monarch Fire Protection District in Monarch, MO, and MU FRTI adjunct instructor. Chief Michel Arnhart with the High Ridge Fire Protection District in High Ridge, MO, was Second Runner-Up. Chief Arnhart was the 2014 recipient of the Instructor of the Year.

Director Hedrick acknowledged the important job that all fire service instructors perform, “Fire Instructors have the responsibility of preparing the firefighter to competently perform skills and techniques necessary in saving lives and property of the citizens they serve. The potential impact that each instructor can make through each class they deliver is incalculable. Through the classes they teach, MU FRTI Instructors enable Missouri firefighters do their work better and more safely by providing the best and most relevant training and education.”

MU FRTI is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. Last year over 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders received training from the Institute. The Institute has a cadre of over 130 adjunct instructors.



87 Fallen Firefighters To Be Honored At National Memorial On October 4

 

Join the U.S. Fire Service in honoring the lives of 84 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014 and three firefighters who died in previous years during the 34th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 4.

The service begins at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and is open to the public. During the service, a bronze plaque bearing the names of the fallen will be officially added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. These firefighters also will be remembered in a special Candlelight Service on Saturday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

Just prior to Memorial Weekend, leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus will help launch the annual tribute. They will present 87 American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m. (ET). The flags will be displayed in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel until the service on Sunday when they will be presented to the survivors.

“Firefighters possess an extraordinary blend of courage and compassion which allows them to willingly face tremendous risks to help those in need,” said Chief Dennis Compton, Chairman of the Board of the NFFF. “Each fall, we gather to reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in the line of duty and to let their families, friends and co-workers know they will never be forgotten.”

More than 5,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, Administration officials and firefighters are expected to attend on Sunday. Firefighter Honor Guards and Pipe & Drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national remembrance.

watch-live-site-header-2015NFFF provides live satellite feed and streaming of ceremonies along with video of events for downloading courtesy of VISTA Worldlink and WUSA9.com. For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website go to live.firehero.org. There you will also find Memorial Weekend streaming information, videos, photos, and satellite coordinates

The annual tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration and is possible through the generous support from Motorola Solutions, Department of Justice, State Farm Insurance Companies, Tyco, VFIS and Provident.

 


New Regional Training Coordinator

 

September 30, 2015

 

Robert Creed will be responsible for coordinating training courses in Missouri State Highway Patrol Region B

Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced the appointment of a new Regional Training Coordinator for the Institute for Region B: Mr. Robert Creed of Moberly, Missouri. Regional Training Coordinator positions are part-time positions within the Institute. MU FRTI is a unit within the Division of Extension at the University and is charged with the responsibility for providing comprehensive continuing education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. MU FRTI provides training for over 13,000 firefighters and emergency responders each year.

Mr. Creed is Fire Chief with the Moberly Fire Department, and also an Emergency Management Director for the city of Moberly and Randolph County. He has been an Adjunct Instructor with MU FRTI since 2010. Mr. Creed will be responsible for coordinating training courses in Missouri State Highway Patrol Region B (North-east Missouri) which includes the counties of Adair, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, and Sullivan. Regarding Creed’s appointment as a Regional Training Coordinator, MU FRTI Director Hedrick said, "Robert has been an active Adjunct Instructor for MU FRTI and has helped with a number of special projects for the Institute. He has a proven record of excellence in field extension training, and we look forward to Robert’s continued work with the Institute in this new capacity."

Coordinator Creed fills the vacancy left by the retirement of MU FRTI Regional Training Coordinator Richard "Rick" Anderson of Kirksville, Missouri. Mr. Anderson has been an Adjunct Instructor for MU FRTI since 1981 and has served as the Regional Training Coordinator for Region B since 1992. Director Hedrick said, “Rick has been instrumental in coordinating training activities for the Institute in northeast Missouri. His contribution has directly resulted in the enhanced safety and protection of our citizens, state, and nation.”

 


MU FRTI Receives Gift from State Farm

 

August 19, 2015

 

State Farm folks pictured in the photo are (from left) Columbia State Farm Agents Greg Hill, Stephanie Wilmsmeyer, Brian Hazelrigg, Phyllis Miller, Sales Leader Ryan Kenney, MU FRTI Director David Hedrick, D.J. Hinds, Lisa Cravens, MU Interim Vice Provost of Extension Tom Henderson, and Justin Hahn.

The University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) recently received a 2015 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. The State Farm gift will support essential training for Missouri emergency responders to highway incidents. Through this training the responder will gain additional competency in the quick stabilization and removal of accident victims thus improving patient survival, while safely managing of the incident scene thus preventing additional accidents and injuries.

The funding provided to MU FRTI was part of an overall gift to the University of Missouri that will support a variety of MU community outreach programs. Director Hedrick acknowledged the importance of the funding support for firefighter training by saying, “This training initiative supported by State Farm provides essential training that will enable safer firefighters, safer citizens, and safer communities in Missouri.”

Missouri’s six million citizens are served by an estimated 29,000 firefighters, of which approximately 73% are volunteers. According to Missouri’s Fire Incident Report System, firefighters responded to over 454,000 incidents in 2014 which equates to nearly one response every minute.

MU FRTI is a unit of MU Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. The Institute provides training to approximately 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders each year.

 


MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute to Receive Federal Grant

 

August 13, 2015

 

AFG

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a fiscal year 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The purpose of the AFG program “is to enhance through direct financial assistance, the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel and provide a continuum of support for emergency responders regarding fire, medical, and all hazard events.” (FY2014 AFG FOA p.4)

MU FRTI was eligible to apply for the State Fire Training Academy portion of the grant. This is the second year that state fire training systems in the United States were eligible for AFG as a result of a change in the federal statue as part of the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2012. Under this grant, the Institute was eligible to apply for equipment to support the delivery of training and training props/evolutions.

MU FRTI conducts 80 percent of its training courses at the local level throughout the state and is known for “bringing training to the student.” To enable this field delivery, MU FRTI uses mobile training props and equipment trailers to make the training as realistic and accessible as possible. This includes, where necessary, the transport of specialized fire training props and equipment to training locations throughout Missouri. The Institute has a fleet of trailers that range from small cargo trailers to semi-tractor trailers. In planning for the grant, the Institute identified critical training props and equipment necessary to support new training initiatives and sustain current capabilities.

The Institute’s grant request included capital funding to procure equipment to support its technical fire training programs. The grant budget includes funding for a mobile fire training simulator system that will provide practical skills training for specialized exterior firefighting; self-contained breathing apparatus to replace outdated equipment; and a Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) for rescue training classes.

The AFG approved project cost for MU FRTI’s grant award was $280,399. The AFG program requires a 15 percent match for recipients under the state fire academy program. To assist the Institute in meeting the grant match requirement, the University of Missouri Extension Administration committed to fund the local match for the grant.

Due to the large geographic area covered by the state and the 80 percent volunteer composition of the state’s fire service, it is essential that the Institute’s training courses be offered throughout the state at the local level. MU FRTI operations budget is approximately 79 percent self-generated through fees, contracts and grants.

MU FRTI is a program of University of Missouri Extension and is charged with providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri's fire service and emergency response personnel. In 2012, the Fire and Rescue Training Institute celebrated its 80th anniversary as an outreach program with the University and its 30th anniversary as an accredited institute of the University of Missouri.

During FY2014, MU FRTI provided critical training and education to almost 14,000 firefighters. The Institute served over 1,300 fire departments, organizations, and agencies in FY14.

 


New Grain Engulfment Rescue Training Program

 

August 10, 2015

 

Grain Engulfment Rescue Training Unit

As part of the U.S. grain belt, Missouri has a high percentage of agriculture activity associated with grain production. Grain storage and the activities around and within the grain bins have the potential for entrapment that can result in serious injury or death. As revealed in a 2010 study by Purdue University, the quantities of grain entrapments increased by 22.5% in 2009 over the previous five-year average. Other existing data shows that 61% of grain bin incidents occur at farm facilities which are exempt from OSHA inspections. Research shows the majority of the local rural fire departments responding to grain entrapment rescues are not adequately prepared with necessary training and equipment to safely and effectively perform at these types of emergencies.

To meet the growing need for grain engulfment rescue training, the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has initiated a state-wide accessible training program to train fire and emergency service responders to respond to and safely handle grain entrapments and engulfments. This course on grain engulfment rescue educates Missouri emergency responders on the hazards associated with grain bins and grain entrapments, and provides the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to safely perform a basic grain engulfment rescue utilizing available resources.

The training incorporates a new mobile grain engulfment rescue simulator. The mobile unit provides students with the opportunity to apply skills acquired in a classroom in realistic hands-on training scenarios utilizing a grain hopper, grain bin, and a cut panel station. The simulator was acquired through the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program funding.

MU FRTI recognizes the need for specialized grain engulfment rescue training. By implementing a training program to address this training need, the Institute is holding true to its mission to deliver quality fire and emergency response training programs to meet the occupational needs of the state’s emergency responders.

To discuss training opportunities and/or schedule this course, please contact your local MU FRTI Regional Training Coordinator or call the main MU FRTI office at 800-869-3476 or 573-882-4735.

 


MU FRTI Receives FY16 State Funding for Fire Training Courses

 

July 24, 2015

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) was recently awarded funding through the Division of Fire Safety (DFS) and the Missouri Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission to deliver training courses in fiscal year 2016 (FY16). This funding will allow the delivery of "no-cost" training to firefighters throughout the state. The training will better prepare firefighters to handle fires and other emergencies in their local communities, thus enabling safer firefighters, safer citizens, and safer communities.

MU FRTI submitted a statewide funding proposal to the Division of Fire Safety and the Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission in May for the delivery of training courses to fire departments through their field extension training program. MU FRTI was awarded over $170,000 in funding to support the Institute's training initiatives for FY16.

MU FRTI Director, David Hedrick, said, "The Institute is highly appreciative to have received this state funding support. These funding resources will enable MU FRTI to provide essential training to fire departments across the state that will assist them in meeting training needs. MU FRTI looks forward to continuing their work with DFS and the Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission to improve the fire service in the State of Missouri through education and training."

MU FRTI is an Institute of the University of Missouri Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri's fire service and emergency response personnel.


Appointment of a New Special Operations Coordinator

 

July 1, 2015

 

Ryan Rascher, Special Operations Coordinator

Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced the appointment of Ryan Rascher to fill the position of Special Operations Coordinator with the Institute. Mr. Rascher is a resident of Dexter, Missouri. MU FRTI is a unit of Extension at the University and is charged with the responsibility for providing comprehensive continuing education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. MU FRTI provides training to nearly 14,000 firefighters and emergency responders each year.

Ryan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia Southern University, and has experience as a Master Firefighter and Critical Care Paramedic for the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. He is involved with their regional Technical Rescue and Haz Mat Teams; and a department training specialist in Tech Rescue, Haz Mat and EMS. He is a certified flight Paramedic, and Missouri fire service certifications as a Firefighter II, Fire Investigator, and Fire Instructor II. He is a contract instructor for the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.

Regarding Rascher’s appointment as the Special Operations Coordinator, MU FRTI Director Hedrick said, “Ryan’s education and technical rescue background along with his experience as a firefighter and Instructor will be a great asset to MU FRTI. We look forward to his contributions to the Institute.”

Specialist Rascher will officially begin the new position effective July 1, 2015.



Appointment of a New Curriculum Specialist

 

May 4, 2015

 

Erin McGruder, Curriculum Specialist

Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced the appointment of Erin McGruder to fill the position of Curriculum Specialist with the Institute. Ms. McGruder is a resident of Harrisburg, Missouri. MU FRTI is a unit of Extension at the University and is charged with the responsibility for providing comprehensive continuing education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. MU FRTI provides training to nearly 14,000 firefighters and emergency responders each year.

Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephens College, and has credentials as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. She has volunteer fire service experience with Boone County Fire Protection District, and is a Technical Information Specialist with Missouri Task Force One (FEMA/DHS). McGruder has technical writing experience and has done curriculum development. She has been a guest instructor at MU FRTI’s Winter Fire School. McGruder is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter II, Fire Investigator, and Fire Instructor II in Missouri.

Regarding McGruder’s appointment as the Curriculum Specialist, MU FRTI Director Hedrick said, “Erin’s education and writing background along with her technical experience as a firefighter and Task Force member will be a great asset to MU FRTI. We look forward to her contributions to the Institute.”




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