MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute receives donation of a firefighting simulator
- Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
O’FALLON, Mo. – The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) recently received a mobile firefighting training simulator courtesy of the O’Fallon Fire Protection District.
The 53-foot trailer can be configured to simulate various interior and exterior environments, providing realistic live fire and search-and-rescue training, said Kevin Zumwalt, director of MU FRTI.
“This unit will enable firefighters to gain competency in essential fire service skills in order to develop or enhance their capabilities to serve their communities,” Zumwalt said. “This training will produce safer firefighters and safer communities, thereby reducing the loss of life and property from fire and other emergencies.”
Manufactured by Pro-Safe Fire Training Systems, the mobile structural training unit was originally purchased through a 2005 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The O’Fallon Fire Protection District used the unit to train firefighters in O’Fallon and vicinity. Chief Tom Vineyard said the need for the unit diminished as neighboring fire departments built fixed training facilities.
“It was a logical decision to donate this unit to MU FRTI, as they will be able to continue the intent of training firefighters statewide,” Vineyard said.
MU FRTI, part of University of Missouri Extension, provides comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. Last year, more than 173,000 student instructional hours were delivered in training emergency first responders.
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The 53-foot mobile training unit can be configured to simulate various interior and exterior environments, providing realistic live fire and search-and-rescue training. Travis Johnson, MU FRTI.
The O’Fallon Fire Protection District was presented with certificates of appreciation from the University of Missouri and the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute. Back row from left, MU FRTI employees Gail Hagans, Tracy Gray, Tim Hartz and Jim Weaver. Front row, from left, MU FRTI Director Kevin Zumwalt; Ken Vomund, O’Fallon FPD assistant chief and MU FRTI adjunct instructor; O’Fallon FPD Chief Tom Vineyard; and firefighter and MU FRTI regional training coordinator Mike Cherry. Travis Johnson, MU FRTI.
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