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Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program

 

March 20, 2014

 

Fire Service Officers participating in the 12th Annual Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program (FSLEP) graduated on March 20, 2014 during a graduation ceremony held at the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI). The FSLEP program is a joint activity conducted by the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs and MU FRTI, and provides executive leadership training for current and future Chief Fire Officers. Thirty executive fire officers completed the program this year.


Missouri Fire Chaplains Corps Annual Meeting and Training

 

March 5, 2014

 

Missouri Fire Chaplains Corp Annual Conference is coming up.

Monday, May 5-6, 2014

Greene County Public Safety Center
330 West Scott Street
Springfield, MO 65802

 

Last year's conference drew a record number of attendees. The felowship alone is worth your attendance, not to mention the excellent Critical Incident Stress Management courses being taught.

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FEMA — Region 7 — Assistance to Firefighters Grant

 

February 12, 2014

 

Clint Hays

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 7 is engaged in an initiative to improve access to information on grants management for the Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) program. In order to facilitate better opportunities for potential applicants and recipients to receive general program information, FEMA Region 7 will be providing a series of monthly webinar based forums during 2014. These will be approximately one hour in length and the will be held through summer of 2014. The schedule for the first six forums, the topics for each, and instructions for accessing the webinar are explained here.


MU FRTI Announces the Appointment of a New Regional Training Coordinator

 

Monday, January 13, 2014

 

Clint Hays

Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced a new Regional Training Coordinator for the Institute for Region F. Mr. Clinton Hays of Linn, Missouri, is the new Training Coordinator in Region F. 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 delivers approximately 190,000 student instructional hours of training each year to firefighters and emergency responders.

Mr. Hays is a firefighter/EMT with the Jefferson City Fire Department, and also previously served with the Linn Fire Protection District as an Assistant Chief and Training Officer from 2005 to 2012. He is certified by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety as a Firefighter I & II, Fire Instructor I, and Fire Investigator. Mr. Hays has an Associate's Degree from Linn State Technical College in Computer Technology. He will be responsible for coordinating MU FRTI training courses and activities in Region F (central Missouri) which includes the counties of Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Gasconade, Howard, Miller, Moniteau, Montgomery, Morgan, and Osage. Regarding Hays' appointment as a Regional Training Coordinator, MU FRTI Director Hedrick said, "Clinton is a dedicated Fire Service Instructor and we look forward to the skills and experience he brings to the position."

Coordinator Hays will be assuming the duties of the position from MU FRTI Staff Specialist & Field Extension Program Coordinator Gail Hagans-Reynolds. Specialist Hagans-Reynolds has managed Region F duties along with statewide responsibilities for the past several years. Gail will continue to oversee the statewide field extension program and the management of the regional coordinator system.

 

Fire and Rescue Training Institute
University of Missouri Extension

 


Eric Evans Honored for His Service with MU FRTI

 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

 

Eric Evans

University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute’s (MU FRTI) Emergency Management Specialist, Eric Evans, will be leaving the Institute to take a position as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the University of Missouri Police Department. Specialist Evans’ last day with MU FRTI is Oct. 25, 2013. Eric has been with MU FRTI since 2000, and was instrumental in establishing the Emergency Management component of MU FRTI’s programming. He collaborated with the College of Agriculture’s Extension Community Development Program and the Institute on emergency management and Community Emergency Preparedness initiatives. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick praised Eric as being “a highly motivated individual who served equally the needs of the Institute and the emergency responders of the state. His expertise in Emergency Management and Community Emergency Management Preparedness (CEMP) has been a great resource for Extension.”

Specialist Evans was presented a plaque and certificate of appreciation for his service to Extension and MU FRTI during a luncheon in his honor on Oct. 24, 2013, by Beverly Coberly, Extension Associate Director, Mary Leuci, Assistant Professor of Community Development, and Director Hedrick.

The responsibilities for the MU FRTI Emergency Management Program and joint CEMP will be handled in the interim by MU FRTI’s Emergency Exercise Specialist, Conne Burnham.

 

Fire and Rescue Training Institute
University of Missouri Extension

 


MU FRTI Fire Service Instructor of the Year Awarded

 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

 

Weaver

The University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) presented the Fire Service Instructor of the Year award for 2012-2013 at the annual Instructor’s Conference on October 12, 2013. 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 Jim Weaver, Battalion Chief with the Columbia Fire Department in Columbia, MO. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick said, “Instructor Weaver exemplifies excellence in fire service instruction and we are proud of his dedicated service with the Institute.” Weaver has been an adjunct instructor with the MU FRTI program since 1994. Weaver was unable to attend the ceremony during the conference; he was presented his award at a special ceremony at the Columbia Fire Department Training Academy in Columbia, MO on Oct. 24.

Weaver began his fire service career in California in the early 1990s. In October of 1993, he became a fulltime firefighter for the Columbia Fire Department. Through the years, he was promoted through the ranks, serving as an Assistant Fire Marshal from 1997 to 2001 and Fire Captain from 2001 to 2007.  During part of this period, he was the department’s Training Officer. In 2007, he was promoted to Battalion Chief. Weaver holds State of Missouri Division of Fire Safety certifications as a Fire Service Instructor III, Fire Investigator, and Fire Inspector. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and has worked as a commercial photographer and graphic designer.

Weaver has been the recipient of the MU FRTI Highest Course Instructor Performance Rating multiple times as an adjunct instructor and was a First Runner-Up for Fire Instructor of the Year in 2004.

In addition to the award given to Battalion Chief Weaver, MU FRTI recognized the first and second runners-up for the Instructor of the Year. Bruce Piringer, Adjunct Instructor and former Director with the Institute in Columbia, MO, was First Runner-Up and Fire Chief Jon Trent, with Nixa Fire Protection District in Nixa, MO, was Second Runner-Up. Director Hedrick acknowledged the important job that all fire service instructors perform by saying, “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 13,800 fire and emergency service first responders received training from the Institute. The Institute has a cadre of over 160 adjunct instructors.
 

Fire and Rescue Training Institute
University of Missouri Extension

 


You Are Invited To An Open House at MU FRTI's New Facility

 

WHAT:


Open House for MU FRTI, 4-H and ETCS

WHEN:


July 31st @ 3:00 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:


1110 S College Avenue, Columbia, MO


R.S.V.P.:


800-869-3476

MU FRTI recently moved across campus into a new facility at 1110 South College Avenue. On July 31st MU FRTI, along with the other Extension units in the building will be opening our doors to the public to tour the new building and hear some remarks from the University of Missouri Extension about the new facility. Please stop by and join us in the celebration.

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In Memory of Lee W. Ireland

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

 

Lee Ireland

The faculty and staff of the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) were saddened to learn of the passing of Regional Training Coordinator Lee Ireland. Lee passed away suddenly on June 26, 2013. We wish to express our sincerest condolences to Lee’s family, the governmental and fire service agencies he served with, and his many friends, colleagues, and former students.

Lee was born in Neosho, MO, on February 26, 1951. He is a 1972 graduate of Missouri Southern State College with a BS in Education and Biology. He received his Masters’ degree in Counseling/Psychology from Pittsburg State University in Kansas in 1981 and earned an Applied Associates degree in Fire Science from Crowder College in 1988. 

Lee taught in the public school system for seventeen years. He was an adjunct instructor at Crowder College from 1975 – 2000 teaching psychology, fire science, and emergency medical technician programs. He worked full time for the Neosho Housing Authority from 1985 to his death; and has served as their Executive Director since 1993. Lee also worked for the Newton County Coroner’s Office as Chief Deputy Coroner/Investigator for the past seventeen years.

Lee began his fire service avocation in 1969 with the Neosho Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter, Driver, and Captain. He has been a member of the Neosho Area Fire Protection District Board of Directors since 1994. He served with the Redings Mill Fire Department as a training officer from 2002 – 2005. He also served on the Newton County Ambulance Board of Directors from 1998 – 2002. Lee was a state certified Fire Instructor III and a Certification Evaluator by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety.

Lee became an Adjunct Instructor with the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute in 1985. In 1992, he was appointed as one of MU FRTI’s Regional Training Coordinators serving State Highway Patrol Region D (Southwest Missouri); a position he retained until his death. Over the years Lee had a consistent presence at MU FRTI Fire Schools. He served on the Command Team for both Winter and Summer Fire Schools.

Throughout Lee Ireland’s life, he had a passion for and dedication to the fire service. He actively participated in learning the skills of firefighting as a student and then willingly shared his knowledge teaching other firefighters. He understood the importance of firefighter training and worked diligently as a Regional Training Coordinator to assure access and training opportunities for fire and emergency responders within his region. I most recently spoke with Lee this past weekend at a MU FRTI Regional Coordinators meeting in Columbia. He and I talked about his many activities and how it kept him extremely busy, but throughout the conversation it was evident that he truly enjoyed serving his community and the fire service.

He touched many lives through his multiple roles in public service, and especially within the fire service. Those who learned the profession of firefighting from him, were mentored and helped by him, served beside him, and who worked with him at MU FRTI, will all cherish memories of him. Lee was a dedicated Fire Service Professional that contributed much on behalf of many.

At each firefighter’s passing whether in the Line of Duty or at the end of their lifespan, it is only fitting that we pay tribute for their service and dedication to protecting others. Lee’s career and volunteer time in public service demonstrated his desire to serve others.  In recognition of this service, we offer the traditional fire service homage: God’s Speed Regional Training Coordinator Ireland – well done thy true and faithful servant!

On Behalf of the MU FRTI Faculty and Staff,

David Hedrick
Director
Fire and Rescue Training Institute
University of Missouri Extension

 


In Memory of John Sachen

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 

John Sachen

The faculty and staff of the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) were saddened to learn of the passing of Fire Service Instructor John Sachen. John passed away on June 21, 2013. We wish to express our sincerest condolences to John's family, fire department, and many friends, colleagues, and former students.

John was born in Kansas City, MO, on April 21, 1936. He entered the profession of firefighting as a reserve firefighter in the early 1950s while still in high school. John attended both St. Louis University and the University of Missouri majoring in Chemical Engineering. He served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1961 where he received his first instructor training. In the USAF, he performed duties as an Academic/Tactical Instructor in the field of communications and electronics. After the Air Force, John's early career was in the communications industry in the New York area. However through the years, he remained in the fire service as a firefighter and instructor with local fire departments. John returned to Missouri in 1973, working in the communication and electronics industry and eventually Mallinckrodt Chemical Company serving as Chief of Fire Protection and Chemical Response.

John became a guest instructor with the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute in 1978. He helped plan and teach in the first Winter Fire School training event held in 1982, and remained on-board as a fire school instructor for many years. John served MU FRTI as an Adjunct Instructor, Industrial Training Coordinator, and as one of the Institute's Senior Fire Instructors. John was the recipient of the MU FRTI Instructor of the Year Award for 2006–2007. He taught a wide and diverse variety of courses along with authoring and developing a number of courses for the Institute. Two of John's most notable courses for the Institute in recent years were "Ignitable Liquids and Class B Foam" and "Killer in the Attic." As a member of the Delta Fire Protection District, John served in a variety of capacities including Fire Instructor and Haz-mat Officer. He was also an annual presenter at the Cape County Regional Fire School in Cape Girardeau.

Throughout John Sachen's life, he displayed a passion for and dedication to the fire service and its mission of service and protection of our citizens. He was keenly aware of the inherent hazardous that career and volunteer firefighters face in performing their duties. As such he worked tirelessly to educate and train Missouri's and the nation's fire and emergency service first responders. Most recently, when I spoke with John, he was working on a new training course that he was planning to be able to present at the next Fire School. This exemplifies his dedication and commitment to training firefighters, which he demonstrated to the very end.

John Sachen touched many lives and was a role model to everyone with whom he came into contact, especially those who learned the profession of firefighting from him, were mentored and helped by him, were his fellow firefighters, and who worked with him at MU FRTI. We will all cherish the memory of Fire Instructor John Sachen. John was a dedicated Fire Service Professional that contributed much on behalf of many.

At each firefighter's passing whether in Line of Duty or at the end of their lifespan, it is only fitting that we pay tribute for their service and dedication to protecting others. John certainly led an exemplary life in the fire service and is worthy of a traditional fire service tribute: God's Speed Fire Instructor Sachen – well done thy true and faithful servant!

On Behalf of the MU FRTI Faculty and Staff,

David Hedrick 
Director 
Fire and Rescue Training Institute 
University of Missouri Extension

 


MU Extension Fire & Rescue Training Institute's
Karen Palmer Recognized for 10 Years of Service

 

Monday, June 24, 2013

 

Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer, Office Support Associate with the University of Missouri Extension Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI), was recently recognized for 10 years of service with the University of Missouri, and the Fire and Rescue Training Institute. MU FRTI Associate Director Kevin Zumwalt said that: "Karen's dedicated work performance is characterized by her attention to detail and accuracy. We look forward to her continued excellent work on behalf of the University and the Institute."

Fire & Rescue Training Institute
University of Missouri Extension

 


Missouri Summer Fire School Prepares First Responders for Disasters

 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jason Vance, Writer
University of Missouri Extension

 

SFS New Story

JEFFERSON CITY, MO Recent tornadoes have wreaked havoc on communities throughout the Midwest, stretching emergency services thin. Each year, the Missouri Summer Fire School helps first responders prepare for the many challenges they might face in the aftermath of natural disasters and other emergencies.

In June, more than 500 firefighters and first responders from 17 states attended the 81st Summer Fire School, organized by the University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) and held on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Kevin Zumwalt, associate director of MU FRTI, says the school concentrates on hands-on, practical skills, covering topics that extend beyond putting out fires, including technical rescue, hazardous materials, command and control of emergency operations, and house-to-house and wide-area searches.

When a widespread disaster strikes, responders may have to draw on a number of different skills, Zumwalt says.

"How we extricate people from automobiles and school buses is going to relate to a disaster situation such as a tornado," he says. "Even the trench rescue class provides fundamental skills applicable to getting someone out of a collapsed structure."

Teamwork is vital for effective response to a large-scale emergency, Zumwalt says. Many types of first responders have to work together, including fire service, law enforcement and emergency management personnel.

"We really emphasize safety in disaster situations," says Ken Vomund, fire school instructor and assistant chief of the O'Fallon Fire Protection District. "You don't go in a house by yourself to search something. We work together as a team and we leave together as a team."

The school draws everyone from rookies to seasoned pros with decades of experience.

"You get them all in class together and there is no age difference when it really comes down to it," Zumwalt says. "The new guys are learning from the old guys, the old guys are learning from the new guys, and it's a good mix."

Fire school students are expected to share what they learn when they return to their stations, extending the program's reach.

"If they train three or four neighboring departments as well as their own, we really hit a multitude of firefighters in the state of Missouri," says instructor Robert Woody, a retired fire chief from Fort Leonard Wood. "That's the key here, to get the word out about the training."

MU began conducting trainings for Missouri fire departments in the 1930s. Today, MU FRTI provides emergency response training on a wide range of subjects, including emergency medical care, industrial safety and counterterrorism.

"There's always new stuff to be learned," Zumwalt says. "Whether you're a one-year firefighter or a 40-year firefighter, you can always learn something new."


Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program

 

March 21, 2013

Fire Service Officers participating in the 11th Annual Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program (FSLEP) graduated on March 21, 2013 during a luncheon and graduation ceremony held at the University of Missouri Alumni Center. The FSLEP program is a joint activity conducted by the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, and provides executive leadership training for current and future Chief Fire Officers. Twenty-four executive fire officers completed the program this year.

FSLEP 2013

MU FRTI to Relocate Offices on MU Campus

 

January 8, 2013

New Building

Effective Spring 2013, University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) will have a new home located at 1110 S. College Avenue at the corner of College and Stadium in Columbia, MO. Throughout MU FRTI’s history the program has been housed in a number of locations on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO. After 20 years of calling the Heinkel Building home, the Institute will be moving to a new location on the main campus.

This building, acquired by the University, was formerly used by the Missouri Department of Conservation. It is currently being renovated and will be an MU Extension exclusive building, housing Extension’s MU FRTI, Missouri 4-H, and Extension Technology and Computer Services (ETCS).

The move will provide the Institute with a larger classroom, more accommodating office space, and on-site storage for equipment and supplies. This new location will provide easier business and educational access when visiting or attending MU FRTI on-campus course offerings. The anticipated move date for the Institute is the week of March 25th.

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.

 



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