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.”
Kyle Smith Honored for His Service with MU FRTI
March 26, 2015
Instructional Support Associate Kyle Smith receives a service recognition plaque from the three program directors he served under. Pictured left to right are: Kyle Smith, Past Director Gary Wilson, Former Director Bruce Piringer, and current MU FRTI Director David Hedrick.
University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute’s (MU FRTI) Instructional Support Associate, Kyle Smith, will be leaving the Institute. He and his wife Anita have been offered job positions at a hospital in Florida. Kyle’s last day with MU FRTI is March 27, 2015.
Kyle has been with MU FRTI since 1999, and has been an integral part of the day to day operations of the Institute. His coordination and handling of course materials for classes and his management of the Institute’s vehicle and trailer fleet have helped assure the consistent delivery of training throughout Missouri. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick praised Kyle for his dedication and said: “we will miss him as a valued member of the MU FRTI Team.
Associate Smith was presented a plaque and certificate of appreciation for his service to Extension and MU FRTI during a reception in his honor on March 20, 2015, by Director Hedrick and his supervisor Field Extension Specialist Gail Hagans-Reynolds.
Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program
March 19, 2015
13th Annual Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program.
The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) and the Truman School of Public Affairs graduated 24 Fire Service Officers from throughout Missouri in a ceremony honoring their completion of the 13th Annual Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program (FSLEP) on March 19, 2015. During a graduation ceremony, held at the University of Missouri Alumni Center in Columbia, MO, graduates were praised for their commitment to improving the professional leadership capabilities of Missouri’s Fire Service. 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.
MU FRTI Receives Grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company’s Heritage Program®
January 12, 2015
The University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) recently received a grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company through their Heritage Program® to support a firefighter training initiative in Missouri. The partnership support between MU FRTI and Fireman’s Fund will provide the Institute’s Basic Firefighter course at no cost to four selected fire departments in Missouri. This course provides the basic skills to address the initial training needs of new firefighters, as well as the continuing refresher training needs of existing firefighters. This training will improve firefighter proficiency resulting in a reduction in loss of lives and property.
Erin Vosbrink of Fireman’s Fund Insurance (center) presents a check to University of Missouri Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) to support Basic Firefighter training. Accepting on behalf of the Institute are Director David Hedrick (left) and Associate Vice Provost for Extension Beverly Coberly (right).
Fireman’s Fund is a premier property and casualty insurance company. It was founded in 1863 with a social mission to give a portion of its profits to support the fire service. Throughout its history, Fireman’s Fund has carried on a heritage of community involvement through volunteer programs and corporate giving. Today, Fireman’s Fund continues its founding mission to support firefighters through its award-winning Heritage Program®.
Erin Vosbrink, of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, attended a meeting at MU FRTI in Columbia, MO, on January 10, 2015, and presented an $8,000 check to the Institute to support the training initiative. The fire departments that were selected to host the training classes were carefully chosen by Fireman’s Fund and MU FRTI and are located throughout the state. The participating fire departments are: Lincoln County Fire Protection District # 1 in Troy, MO; Cherokee Pass Volunteer Fire Department in Fredericktown, MO; Chadwick Rural Fire Department in Chadwick, MO; and King City Fire Department in King City, MO.
Missouri’s 5.9 million citizens are served by an estimated 24,000 firefighters of which approximately 80% are volunteers. According to Missouri’s Fire Incident Report System, firefighters responded to over 375,000 incidents in 2013 which equates to one response every 1.4 minutes.
Director Hedrick acknowledged the importance of the funding support for training by saying, “This training initiative supported by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Heritage Program provides essential training that will enable safer firefighters, safer citizens, and safer communities in Missouri.”
MU FRTI 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 14,000 fire and emergency service first responders each year.
Fire Service Instructor of the Year Awarded
October 25, 2014
The University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) presented the Fire Service Instructor of the Year award for 2013-2014 at the annual Instructor’s Conference on October 25, 2014. The conference and awards ceremony were held at the Country Club Hotel and Spa in Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
Michael Arnhart, Instructor of the Year
This year’s recipient of the MU FRTI Instructor of the Year award is Michael Arnhart, Fire Chief with the High Ridge Fire Protection District in High Ridge, MO. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick said, “Instructor Arnhart exemplifies the very best in fire service instruction and we are proud of his dedicated service with the Institute.” Arnhart has been an adjunct instructor with the MU FRTI program since 1991. He has been the previous recipient of the Institute’s Fire Instructor of the Year award three times before in 1998, 2000, and 2008. Chief Arnhart was unable to attend the ceremony during the conference; he will be presented his award at a special ceremony.
Arnhart started his career in the fire service as a junior firefighter in 1972 and progressed to volunteer status in 1976. In 1977 he was hired as a paid firefighter for the High Ridge Fire Protection District. He received his Associates of Science degree in Fire Science Technology in 1983 from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in 1994. Arnhart served on the Fire Science Advisory Committee for Jefferson College, as well as serving as the Fire Science Coordinator for East Central College. He has taught at local, state, and national fire service conferences including the United States National Fire Academy. In his career he has moved up through the ranks, and since 2005 he has served as the Fire Chief of the High Ridge Fire Protection District.
Randall Ragan, 1st Runner-up Instructor of the Year
In addition to the award given to Chief Arnhart, MU FRTI recognized the first and second runners-up for the Instructor of the Year. Randall Ragan, Assistant Chief and Training Officer with Lincoln County Fire Protection District # 1 in Troy, MO, was First Runner-Up. Greg Flick, Firefighter with North Central Carroll County Fire Protection District in Tina, MO, and Robert Little, Fire Apparatus Operator/Medic with Central Jackson County Fire Protection District in Blue Springs, MO both tied for 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 13,900 fire and emergency service first responders received training from the Institute. The Institute has a cadre of over 150 adjunct instructors.
Greg Flick, 2nd Runner-up Instructor of the Year (tied)
Robert Little, 2nd Runner-up Instructor of the Year (tied)
MU FRTI Announces Renewal of Courses Recommended for College Credit by American Council on Education
October 8, 2014
The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) announced that the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit renewal for twenty-three courses. ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.
MU FRTI’s Director, David Hedrick, said that: “the ACE CREDIT® recommendations will continue to provide the Institute’s students opportunity to seek to apply their training courses for college credit toward fire science degrees. The completion of this renewal process demonstrates the Institute's commitment to addressing the increasing formal education level of Missouri’s fire services.” Fifty-eight percent of participants in MUFRTI courses either have attended college or have college degrees.
ACE CREDIT® helps adults gain academic credit for courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT® recommendations in determining the applicability of coursework and examination results to their courses and degree programs.
For 40 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT® to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT® website at www.acenet.edu/credit.
MU FRTI offers a total of twenty-three courses that have been recommended for college credit by ACE CREDIT. For a complete listing of these courses, please visit the Institution’s page on the ACE CREDIT National Guide website.
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. During fiscal year 2014, MU FRTI provided critical training and education to almost 14,000 fire and emergency service personnel.
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu.
107 Fallen Firefighters To Be Honored At National Memorial On October 12
The U.S. Fire Service will honor the lives of 98 firefighters who died in the line of duty during 2013 and nine firefighters who died in previous years during the 33rd National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 12. The service begins at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and is open to the public. These fallen heroes also will be remembered in a special Candlelight Service on Saturday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. (ET).
“The loss of any firefighter is difficult, but last year was especially tragic for the United States fire service because of the high number of firefighters who died in the line of duty,” explained Chief Dennis Compton, Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Board of Directors. “The multiple deaths in West and Houston, Texas, as well as those in Prescott, Arizona, were solemn reminders of the sacrifices firefighters often make. As a nation, we must be mindful that every line-of-duty death is a tragedy for the entire fire service family and must be appropriately honored.”
More than 5,000 people, including Members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families, friends, and co-workers of the fallen firefighters are expected to attend. Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and 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 and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend streaming information, videos, photos, and satellite coordinates go to live.firehero.org.
Bells Across America For Fallen Firefighters
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. Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the line of duty to alert all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time-honored tradition continues today during the funerals or memorial services for firefighters.
For the fourth year, bells will ring from coast to coast as a grateful nation pauses on Sunday, October 12, 2014 to honor those firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2013 and previous years. Fire departments and their places of worship will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) for the Fourth Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking communities, fire service organizations, and religious organizations to help us honor our fallen firefighters by participating in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters. A moment of remembrance can occur at any time during Memorial Weekend, October 11 & 12. Fire department representatives are encouraged to work with their clergy and community leaders to develop an appropriate tribute.
NAFTD Releases Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training
The North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD), working in partnership with the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, is pleased to announce the release of the Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training. Developed through a consensus of training directors and safety officer across the U.S. and Canada, these ten simple steps will help achieve the goal of eliminating line-of-duty-deaths during training events. NAFTD President Allan Rice (Alabama) said, “LODDs during training are preventable and unacceptable. We need to take concrete measures to eliminate the loss of firefighters during training events, and these Rule of Engagement are the roadmap for this effort”. The ROEs address subjects such as having a training plan, following recognized standards, having qualified instructional staff, taking all possible safety precautions, and insuring that participants are medically cleared before engaging in strenuous training.
A download of the poster is available at: naftd.org
Curriculum Position Announcement
The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) is currently seeking interested candidates for a Curriculum Specialist position (Senior Educational Program Coordinator) with the Institute. The Curriculum Specialist for MU FRTI is responsible for the development and review of curriculum for instructional programs within the Institute as it relates to national, state and local standards. The person filling this position will develop technical training curriculums and instructional support materials for fire and emergency services training that include cognitive and manipulative skills acquisition by the student. Courses produced will meet all necessary standards for course certifications by national and state authorities related to fire and emergency service professional qualifications. Design training/educational programs that are both technically sound and operationally feasible within the parameters of the Institute.
MU FRTI is an Institute within MU Extension's Continuing Education programs, and provides training throughout Missouri and nationally, to volunteer and career firefighters, fire specialists, fire officers, members of industrial fire brigades, and members of allied emergency services organizations.
More information about the position and how to apply can be found at: http://extension.missouri.edu/about/jobs.aspx .
- Applications must be submitted through the online process.
- Current MU employees must go through MyHR to complete the application process.
- For questions about the on-line application process call 573-882-7976.
- For technical support using the application system, call the MU Help Desk at 573-882-5000.
University of Missouri Extension is an equal opportunity/ADA institution.
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.
FEMA — Region 7 — Assistance to Firefighters Grant
February 12, 2014
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
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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