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MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute to Receive Federal Grant


April 21, 2014


The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) is pleased to announce that it will be the recipient of a fiscal year 2013 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.” (FY2013 AFG FOA p.4)

MU FRTI was eligible to apply for the State Fire Training Academy portion of the grant. This is the first 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 and personal protective equipment only. The eligible grant categories included equipment to support the delivery of training and training props/evolutions.

MU FRTI conducts 75 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 21 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 rescue training programs. The grant budget includes funding for a grain engulfment rescue simulator system, replacement of three technical rescue equipment trailers, and swiftwater/boat rescue equipment.

The AFG approved project cost for MU FRTI’s grant award was $284,844. 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 Office of Research committed to fund half the local match for the grant through its Program for Research Infrastructure and Matching Expenses (PRIME).

Due to the large geographic area covered by the state and the 80 percent volunteer makeup 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 80 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 fiscal year 2013, MU FRTI provided critical training and education to more than 13,000 firefighters representing every county of the state, equating to more than 185,000 student instructional hours.

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.

For More Information Download Flyer Here

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.


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