MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute Annual Report 2018
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Fiscal year 2018 was a year of change for the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI). In August of 2017, our Director, David Hedrick, announced his intention to retire at the end of the year. Effective October 1, 2017, MU Extension administration appointed myself as the Interim Director of the Institute which I was humbled and honored to accept.
Through the end of the fiscal year the Institute underwent other staffing changes as MU Extension reorganized to provide centralized services in Human Resources and Fiscal administration to better serve the needs of individual units within Extension.
We saw growth in funding from our public and private partners, which directly impacted the number of courses delivered and student enrollments. The Institute realized a 27% increase in number of courses delivered over the previous fiscal year.
In presenting this annual report, we continue to demonstrate our role as a leader in fire and emergency services training and education statewide, as well as a nationally. We are proud of our accomplishments, not only this year, but throughout our history. We are one of the oldest state training systems in the country and continue to rank high among them in courses delivered and student enrollments.
In athletics, success is measured in the win column; in academics success is measured with a GPA; at MU FRTI we measure our success in our continued ability to provide training and education that will help ensure our fire and emergency response personnel return home to their families after every incident. The more opportunities we have to interact and expand our reach to them, the better the chance we will achieve our goals.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of MU FRTI, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partner agencies, the University, host agencies and our students for your support of the Institute and its mission. Since 1933, the University and the Institute has served first responders of the state of Missouri and beyond, fulfilling our mission to take the knowledge and research from the campus to provide education and training throughout the state, to better protect themselves and the citizens they serve.
I hope you find the information included in this FY18 Annual Report to be informational and provide an understanding of the breadth of our program. Please feel free to contact myself or the Institute with any questions of comments. It was my pleasure to serve as the Interim Director for fiscal year 2018.
Kevin D. Zumwalt