MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute Annual Report 2015

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From the directorCover of the 2015 MU FRTI annual report

Since the first Mid Missouri Fire College in 1933, the University of Missouri and the state’s fire service has worked together to enable the very best in training for career and volunteer firefighters. We owe a great deal to those early fire service leaders, who laid the foundation for what would become the University’s Firemanship Program, and then in 1982, an accredited Institute of the University. The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute continues to recognize our heritage and the leadership role we have in ensuring Missouri’s fire and emergency service first responders have the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill their individual missions of protecting lives and property. On any given day, with the exception of holidays, the Institute has training courses in progress throughout the state.

Technology factors and the change in work culture and individual daily responsibilities have required the need to make training more accessible at the local level. MU FRTI is known for taking the training to the student, and we continue to recognize that need by delivering over 80% of our training classes at the local level where firefighters work and live. As part of that commitment, this year’s annual report highlights our mobile training trailer fleet which provides the resources to extend advanced training classes to all corners of the state. This fiscal year, we replaced three technical rescue trailers with trailers designed to meet current equipment and storage needs. In addition, a new Grain Engulfment Rescue Simulator was added to the fleet, through a federal grant, to meet this emerging rescue challenge in the state.

In addition to capital equipment improvements, the Institute added a Curriculum Specialist position in FY15 to update current and develop new curriculum for our program. We also filled some vacant positions in our staffing structure to meet the operational needs of the Institute, and to better serve our constituents.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of MU FRTI, I want to express our appreciation to our training partners, host agencies, and you, our students, for your continued support of the Institute and our mission. Enabled by these partnerships and our students’ desire to learn and acquire new skills, the Institute provided training to over 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders during the 2015 fiscal year, which occurred from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Through 605 classes, the Institute provided training for personnel representing all 114 Missouri counties, as well as participants from 31 other states.

MU FRTI remains committed to its mission and our goals of customer service, quality training, and safety. Thank you for your continued support of the Institute and the training programs we provide.

David E. Hedrick


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