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85th Annual Summer Fire School

 

June 28, 2017

 

Vice Chancellor

Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart, center, get water rescue orientation from Adjunct Instructors Larry Young (left) and Roger Meyer (right) during the Boat Rescue course.

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) conducted the 85th Annual Summer Fire School (SFS) in Jefferson City on June 7–11, 2017. There were 266 students participating in this year’s training event that provided over 6,700 instructional hours of training. MU FRTI extends sincere appreciation to Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Jefferson City Fire Department, Missouri Department of Conservation, and the many individuals whose contributions helped provide this training opportunity. The Institute faculty and staff also express our deepest appreciation to our students and participants, who continue to support this historic training event.

The fire school was visited by a number of officials and dignitaries. University of Missouri Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement, Dr. Marshall Stewart, toured SFS and got a first hand look at the Boat Rescue Operations class on the Missouri River.

SFS Group

SFS command team visited by special guests: (Pictured left to right) Fire School Coordinator Tracy Gray, MU FRTI Associate Director Kevin Zumwalt, Assistant State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell, State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, Vice Chancellor Marshall Stewart, DFS Training Chief Becky Trapani, and MU FRTI Director Dave Hedrick.

Also visiting at SFS, MU FRTI was honored to have representatives from Missouri State Government. Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Director Ernie Rhodes visited with a number of classes. In addition the State Fire Marshal, Tim Bean, and Division of Fire Safety staff visited on Friday during the event touring and speaking with students.

 

 

 


Appointment of New Regional Training Coordinators

 

June 19, 2017

 

Robert Little

Region A Training Coordinator: Mr. Robert Little of Kansas City, Missouri.

Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced the appointment of two new Regional Training Coordinators for the Institute for Region A: Mr. Robert Little of Kansas City, Missouri and Mr. Roger Meyers of Concordia, MO. 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. Little is a Captain with the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District in Blue Springs, MO. He has been an Adjunct Instructor with MU FRTI since 2005. Mr. Little will be responsible for coordinating training courses in Missouri State Highway Patrol Region A, centered around the metro area, and to include the counties of Bates, Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte.

Roger Meyers

Region A Training Coordinator: Mr. Roger Meyers of Concordia, Missouri.

Mr. Meyers is a retired member of the Concordia Fire Protection District, in Concordia, MO still serving as an EMT for the department. He also serves Alma Fire Protection District as a Training Officer/Firefighter. Additionally, he serves as a Training Coordinator/Firefighter for Lincoln Community Fire Protection District. He has been an Adjunct Instructor with MU FRTI since 2011. Mr. Meyers will be responsible for coordinating training courses in Missouri State Highway Patrol Region A, to include the counties of Benton, Carroll, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray, and Saline.

Regarding the Regional Training Coordinator appointments, MU FRTI Director Hedrick said, “Both gentlemen have been active Adjunct Instructors for MU FRTI and have helped with a number of special projects for the Institute. They have a proven record of excellence in field extension training, and we look forward to their continued work with the Institute in this new capacity.”

Mike Booth

Retired Region A Training Coordinator: Mike Booth of Kansas City, Missouri.

Coordinator Little and Meyers fill the vacancy left by the retirement of MU FRTI Regional Training Coordinator Mike Booth of Kansas City, Missouri. Booth has been an Adjunct Instructor for MU FRTI since 1993 and has served as the Regional Training Coordinator for Region A since 1999. Director Hedrick said, “Mike has been instrumental in coordinating training activities for the Institute in western Missouri. His contribution has directly resulted in the enhanced safety and protection of our citizens, state, and nation.”

 


Dean of MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs Retires

 

May 16, 2017

 

Dean Barton Wechsler

Dr. Barton Wechsler (left), Dean of MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs, is presented with a certificate of appreciation and special gift from Director David Hedrick (right) of the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute during Dean Wechsler’s retirement reception.

Dr. Barton Wechsler will be retiring as the Dean of MU’s Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs (TSPA) this spring. Dr. Wechsler has provided consulting, training and technical assistance to state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. Before coming to the Truman School, he was dean of the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and a faculty member at the University of Illinois and Florida State University.

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has had a long-standing relationship with the Truman School. Dr. Wechsler has worked closely with the Institute on a number of initiatives. One of those initiatives is the Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program (FSLEP) that started in 2002. Dr. Wechsler has been the lead faculty member for the program since its inception. The FSLEP is a unique professional development program designed to enhance the leadership skills of fire and rescue service executives. The goal of FSLEP is specifically to prepare leaders for the opportunities and challenges they face today and in the future.

Dr. Wechsler was recognized for his superior leadership during a retirement reception in his honor on May 4, 2017. As part of the event, Director David Hedrick of the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute made a special presentation to Dr. Wechsler for his dedicated service to the Institute. Director Hedrick said, “Through the instruction and leadership provided by Dr. Wechsler, the current and future fire officers of Missouri have the skills and competency to effectively lead the state’s fire protection forces which will assure safer citizens and safer communities.” Dr. Wechsler has committed to continuing to assist with the FSLEP course for the Institute by teaching the program in FY18.

 


Free Online Training: Responding to Utility Emergencies

 

May 12, 2017

 

The University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute, in cooperation with the Missouri Association of Natural Gas Operators (MANGO), would like to take this opportunity to promote the online training that is available for emergency service professionals. Please feel free to share and distribute this information with anyone you know who might benefit from it. 

The Missouri Association of Natural Gas Operators is presenting a new online resource for emergency responders. Emergency responders are typically first on the scene when utilities are damaged. If you have to respond to a leaking natural gas pipeline, you need to be prepared. MANGO is providing this program to help first responders recognize potential hazards involving natural gas and the necessary guidelines to assure their safety and that of the general public. Don't wait, register now for this online training course: Responding to Utility Emergencies.  

 

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2017 Missouri Fire Fighter Memorial Services

 

May 9, 2017

 

FFAM

The Annual Missouri Fire Fighter Memorial Services are scheduled for May 20 and 21, 2017. The annual Candlelight Service will be Saturday evening May 20, at 9:00 p.m. The Annual Fire Fighters Memorial Service will be on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM. Both services will take place at the state’s Fire Fighter Memorial in Kingdom City (the memorial is located just northwest of exit 148 off I-70). Two firefighter line of duty deaths from 2016 will be honored and two LODD names missed from the late sixties. The FFAM will also be remembering thirty-six firefighters/members that passed away during 2016.

Regardless of weather, the service will be held. If rain prevents activity at the memorial it will move to the Auxvasse Elementary School, five miles North of Kingdom City off Highway 54. It is the first overpass going North from the memorial and you can see the school off to the West when taking the exit ramp.

 

 


State Farm Presents Gift to MU FRTI

 

April 13, 2017

 

State Farm

State Farm representatives visit MU FRTI and view the Institute’s Mobile Vehicle Firefighting prop as part of the Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant presented to the University of Missouri. Pictured from left to right: State Farm Agency Sales Leader Ryan Kenney and Columbia, MO, State Farm Agents Stephanie Wilmsmeyer, Brian Hazelrigg, Greg Hill, DJ Hinds, Phyllis Nichols, Meera Patel White, Justin Hahn, Cheryl Kelly, Dale Parker, and Lisa Cravens.

The University of Missouri Extension, on behalf of the University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI), recently received a 2017 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. Vehicle fires in Missouri are a growing concern as 2015 data indicated that Missouri firefighters responded to over 2,400 vehicle fires.

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, is part of a 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 72% are volunteers. Fire and emergency responders in Missouri are called to the scene of approximately 127 highway related incidents per day. Emergency responders have the opportunity to reduce the severity of the incidents and prevent further highway fatalities and injuries when effectively educated through these types of training programs.

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.

 


Take The Missouri Fire Service Needs Survey

 

February 17, 2017

 

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) is conducting a statewide survey to assess the training needs of Missouri’s fire service. The information obtained in this survey will assist MU FRTI in planning and developing training initiatives designed to meet identified training needs. The survey will be conducted online using a web-based survey tool called Survey Monkey. You will be able to access the survey using the link provided below.

As you move through each page of the survey, your answers will be saved from the previous page. Once you have submitted the survey (by selecting the final "Done" button on the last page), you will not be able to reenter to change your answers. If you need to change any data you supply in the survey after you have submitted, please email frti@missouri.edu (be sure to include "2017 Survey" in the subject) and either provide corrected answers, or simply ask to be contacted to amend your responses.

 

To Access The Survey, Please Go To:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fireservicetrngsurvey

 

The survey is now open through March 31, 2017. Your departments participation in this survey is essential to the accurate assessment and the development of a training plan for the fire service.

If you have questions that arise while taking this survey, please contact MU FRTI. You will receive a response within 1-2 business days.

 

Contact Information:

 

When sending an email, be sure to include "2017 Survey" in the subject. frti@missouri.edu or call 800-869-3476 or 573-882-4735.

Thank you for participating in this important survey.

 


Blake Naughton named MU Associate Vice Chancellor of Extension and Engagement

 

February 2, 2017

 

Blake Naughton

Blake Naughton named MU Associate Vice Chancellor of Extension and Engagement

Dr. Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement, announced that Blake Naughton, executive director for the Hook Center for Educational Renewal and associate clinical professor of education policy at the MU College of Education, has been named associate vice chancellor for extension and engagement at MU, effective Feb. 1, 2017.

Along with his considerable professional experience in higher education and its continuing education component, Dr. Naughton’s three academic degrees weave a connected theme of furthering effective university administration. A native Missourian, Blake attended Hannibal Public Schools and was raised by a family that has been living in Macon County and farming in Knox County for more than 150 years. He returned to his home state specifically to work with Mizzou and help it fulfill its mission as a land-grant university.

Throughout his professional career, Blake has focused on demonstrating why the university does matter and showing in measurable, relevant and actionable ways how the university serves the citizens. Dr. Stewart said, “We look forward to Blake’s passion and leadership as he helps us work together toward building a shared vision.”

Naughton will replace Mark Stewart, who has been serving as interim associate vice provost of extension. Mark will move into the role of director of field operations. One of Dr. Naughton’s responsibilities will be to oversee MU Extension’s Continuing Education programs, which includes the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute.


Discontinued use of Social Security Number for Student Identification

 

December 1, 2016

 

To reduce the risk of identity theft, MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute will be eliminating the use of the Social Security Number (SSN) as a student identification number in its data systems. We have been working toward this goal and are now ready with alternative ways to insure accurate transcripts and student records.

Effective January 1, 2017, MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute will no longer maintain access to individual Social Security Numbers.

Our systems will be purged of any existing SSNs and will rely on existing and future use of unique identifiers provided by our students. We highly recommend that our students use one of the following forms of identification when enrolling for classes at MU FRTI.

  1. FEMA SID (recommended); or,
  2. Driver License Number (DSN).

A FEMA SID is required for all students who attend:

Many of our students already have an SID through FEMA. If you do not, we recommend that you obtain one since many courses we offer are through one of the FEMA partner agencies and will require a SID.

Information on FEMA SID

How do I obtain a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number?

What if I forget my SID?

  1. If you have internet access, you can go to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid and select “Forgot your FEMA SID?” You will be asked to provide the email you used when registering and you will receive an email at that account with assistance.
  2. Call the FEMA SID Help Desk at 866-291-0696 | 7:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. CST
  3. Email: femasidhelp@cdpemail.dhs.gov

Download this information as a PDF


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.”




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