MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute Annual Report 2017
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Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) marked another milestone for the University of Missouri’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI). The University of Missouri’s involvement with and support of fire training began with the first Missouri Central Fire School held on the University’s campus. The FY17 Summer Fire School marked the 85th anniversary of the fire training program.
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 11,000 fire and emergency service first responders during FY17. Through 507 classes, the Institute provided training for personnel representing all 114 Missouri counties.
Every day thousands of Missourians are aided by fire and emergency responders who have received training through the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute. Our students, in their career or volunteer roles as firefighters and emergency responders, are directly providing life saving measures and conserving property from fire and other disasters. Still, after 85 years playing a prominent role in firefighter training, MU FRTI is proud to continue providing exceptional training and education to our state’s emergency responders. Through the knowledge and skills they learn in our courses, they truly are saving lives. That is why we believe that the Institute’s motto, “we save lives,” is as applicable today as it has always been.
David E. Hedrick