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MU FRTI

e-Newsletter for Thursday, July 22, 2010

Editor Notes

Some of may notice that it has been a little over a month since last newsletter…and you would be correct! While this is considered a slow time for MU FRTI (the middle of Summer and not a lot of training classes being delivered) it has actually been very hectic. Here at the University, our fiscal year ends on June 30, so we have had a flurry of activity wrapping up fiscal budgets and student records.

This is also a time when we work with our Regional Training Coordinators to coordinate course scheduling into the new year. State subsidy funding for training is very low (see story below) and we are trying our best to “spread the wealth” as they say!

Another project that has created a lot of work for us has been a recent American Council on Education (ACE) course review (see story below). So while things may be quiet in the field of training, behind the scenes at the office, things are a buzz!

Be careful out there and stay cool!...Kevin D. Zumwalt, Assistant Director and eNewsletter Editor

State Funding for FY11 Firefighter Training Down

It is probably not new news to those reading this article that the states budgets, as well as governmental bodies budgets within the state, are at all time lows. With this in mind, state funding to support firefighter training is very limited this fiscal year. Since the inception of HB-230 and the Fire Education Fund, the available state funds have never been this low.

The Division of Fire Safety is the conduit for which the state funding (HB230 and Fire Education Funds) is dispersed. The fire marshals office works directly with the Fire Education Commission and the Fire Safety Advisory Board for consideration and dispersement of funding. This year eight separate vendors were awarded portions of the available funds.

With limited state funds, the allocated funding to MU FRTI for Fiscal Year 2011 is also less than previous years. MU FRTI is working hard, through our Regional Training Coordinators, to schedule and deliver as many no-cost courses as possible across the state with the available funding. In addition to subsidized classes, there are fee based training opportunities, as well as other potential resources. We encourage agencies to contact your MU FRTI Regional Training Coordinator to discuss your department’s training needs and see how the Institute can assist in providing courses to meet your training initiatives. You may also contact our office at any time to discuss training opportunities. A full listing of available courses can be viewed from our website as well.

American Council On Education Completes Course Credit Review with MU FRTI

The American Council on Education's (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs.

MU FRTI has participated in the ACE review process since 2001 and continues to support the process so that our students have the value added bonus to apply college level credit in a degree program if they choose, and the degree institution will accept.

We were notified in late fall of 2009 that we were up for a review of some of our courses. In the process of scheduling our review, we determined that we would submit a total of 30 courses for this review cycle. Some were re-review to continue credit recommendations and others were new to the ACE process and will add more courses available for credit through MU FRTI.

The review process is very rigorous and requires a lot of preparation to insure the entire spectrum of the delivery process is evaluated. For each course submitted, the review team needs access to all course related materials. This includes: the instructor guide; student texts and materials; presentation media; exams and exam banks; instructor biographies or curriculum vitas; agency policy and procedures manual for instructors; and, curriculum style guides.

MU FRTI’s review occurred last week. The review team consisted of 6 reviewers with academic fire service backgrounds, and the team coordinator. The team was on site at the MU FRTI office for 3 days, Wednesday though Friday.

The review team does not provide the final word as to what each course receives as recommended credit, only to provide advice to ACE regarding course credit recommendations. However, most of the time, ACE takes the recommendations of the review team as the final recommendation. We anticipate a formal notification from ACE on credit acceptance within 30 days.

As soon as we receive notification of final recommendations we will post it through this medium as well as our other lists. You may also visit the ACE website to view courses offered by MU FRTI that have Credit recommendations.

MU FRTI Specialist, Larry Wilson Decides to Enjoy Retirement!

Larry Wilson, MU FRTI Specialist Emeritus, last day with the Institute was July 10, 2010. Larry worked as a full time Specialist with the Institute assigned to oversee industrial and safety training. He retired in 1999. After a short hiatus he returned part time as the Institute’s Specialist Emeritus to manage the LP Gas Fire Program. Larry has been a steadfast instructor and program manager for the Institute, and we appreciate his many years of dedicated service. Thank you Larry for all the firefighters you have trained that has enabled better prepared firefighters and safer citizens. Larry leaves a LP program that has gained National attention. We will all miss Larry and wish him well!

Focus on Fire Safety: Residential Hazardous Materials Safety

Residential hazardous materials (hazmat) safety is important in preventing fires in and around your home. Hazmat safety involves the proper handling and storage of combustibles and flammable liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, propane, oil, aerosols, certain household cleaning products, and painting supplies. For full story with accompanying materials please visit the USFA website.

Heat: A Major Killer

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. The National Weather Service statistical data shows that heat causes more fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Based on the 10-year average from 2000 to 2009, excessive heat claims an average of 162 lives a year. By contrast, hurricanes killed 117; floods 65; tornadoes, 62; and lightning, 48.

With temperatures and heat indices forecasted to be in triple digits in the upcoming weeks, it is a good time for emergency responders to review heat related policies and procedures. Remember to hydrate!

For more on this story please visit the NOAA website. Other resources include National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Magazine for Environment, Health, and Safety Leaders (EHS Today).

 


 

MU FRTI Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Awareness Online Class Now Accessible

Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Awareness (Online)

The course is available at no cost to all students and meets requirements for state certification from the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. For those wishing to pursue certification, students should submit the Application for Testing and Certification along with the Awareness Online Course completion certificate to the Division in order to schedule a certification exam. The application and additional information regarding Hazardous Materials Certification is available on the Division's website.

Missouri Fire Fighter’s Museum

The Fire Fighters Association of Missouri (FFAM) has been planning for an addition to the state Fire Fighters Memorial with a Museum for several years. The time to break ground may be near. Contributions to create this centerpiece for the states fire service needs your help! Donations can be made is several ways: The “Get Your Foot in the Door!” campaign allows contributors an opportunity to receive a lifetime free admittance card; or, the Capitol Campaign Commitment is another way of contributing to the construction of the museum. FFAM is determined to pursue the endeavor and provide a piece of history to Missouri’s fire service. If you can help out with a donation, please visit one of the websites listed or contact one of the FFAM Officers.





In the News


Arson Suspected at House Fire in Troy, MO
Police suspect arson at a house that caught fire in Troy, Mo., right next to a house of a suspected arson in April.
KMOV.com

Fire Alarm Prompts Visitors to Flee the Statue of Liberty
Fears that a fire had erupted inside the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday led several hundred visitors to flee its crown, observation deck, pedestal and base, officials said.
NYTimes.com

Abandoned House Fires Common in St. Joseph
Fighting fires is always dangerous, for those inside and out. When firefighters come across a fire at home that's been abandoned, they do what they can to protect themselves first.
StJoeChannel.com

Fire Chief's Fate Will Be Up To Judge
The withdrawal of impeachment charges against Hannibal Fire Chief Tim Carter shifts the burden of proof in the case.
Hannibal.net




Upcoming Classes and Events...

Classes listed below are scheduled to begin in the next 30 days. If you are interested in attending any of these, please check our Web Training Schedule for registration information or contact our office at 800-869-3476.

Get Your Training Requests In...

If your agency would like to schedule training with us, please contact your Regional Coordinator. You may also download a Request for Training and send directly to your Regional Coordinator.


Mark Your Calendars for These Special Training Opportunities:

Instructors Conference
October 22-24, 2010
Lake Ozark, MO

NFA – Fire and Life Safety Plan Review
March 21-26, 2011
Columbia, MO
Application period for this course will be open this Fall. Applicants will submit to MU FRTI.
Any questions about this course should be directed to zumwaltk@missouri.edu


30-Day Training Calendar

CP11103 – Shaping the Future
(Fire Officer Certificate Program course)
Date Start: July 23, 2010
Date End: July 24, 2010
Nixa, MO

CP11104 – Basic Fire Fighter Skills
Date Start: July 23, 2010
Date End: August 7, 2010
Urbana, MO

CH11100 – First on the Drug Lab Scene: Awareness
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: July 24, 2010
Date End: July 24, 2010
Bolivar, MO

CP11114 – NIMS: Command and General Staff
Date Start: July 25, 2010
Date End: July 26, 2010
Farmington, MO

CH11128 – Ignitable Liquids and Class B Foam
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: July 26, 2010
Date End: July 27, 2010
Warrensburg, MO

CH11142 – Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Awareness
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: July 26, 2010
Date End: July 28, 2010
Raymore, MO

CP11111 – Fire Department Medical First Responder
Date Start: July 27, 2010
Date End: August 19, 2010
Centralia, MO

CP11130 – Rapid Intervention Team Tactics
Date Start: July 27, 2010
Date End: August 17, 2010
Shell Knob, MO

CH11147 – Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Awareness
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: July 28, 2010
Date End: July 28, 2010
Manchester, MO

CP11105 – Mobile Water Supply Operations
Date Start: July 30, 2010
Date End: July 31, 2010
St. James, MO

CP11128 – Basic Fire Fighter Skills
Date Start: July 30, 2010
Date End: August 8, 2010
Edwards, MO

CH11101 – Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Awareness
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: July 31, 2010
Date End: July 31, 2010
Kirksville, MO

CH11132 – First on the Drug Lab Scene: Awareness
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: August 2, 2010
Date End: August 2, 2010
St. Charles, MO

CH11144 – Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Awareness
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: August 9, 2010
Date End: August 11, 2010
Libety, MO

CH11148 – Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Awareness
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: Auguxt 9, 2010
Date End: August 9, 2010
Manchester, MO

CH11145 – Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Operations
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: August 12, 2010
Date End: August 21, 2010
Liberty, MO

CH11102 – Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Operations
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: August 13, 2010
Date End: August 21, 2010
Kirksville, MO

CH11111 – Ignitable Liquids and Class B Foam
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: August 13, 2010
Date End: August 14, 2010
Branson, MO

CH11134 – Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Awareness
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: August 14, 2010
Date End: August 14, 2010
Ebenezer, MO

CP11118 – Certified Fire District Board Training (Fees Apply)
Date Start: August 14, 2010
Date End: August 14, 2010
Wellsville, MO

CP11119 – Certified Fire District Board Training (Fees Apply)
Date Start: August 21, 2010
Date End: August 21, 2010
Salem, MO

CH11126 – Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response: Operations
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: August 23, 2010
Date End: August 25, 2010
St. Louis, MO

CP11112 – Managing in a Changing Environment
(Fire Officer Certificate Program course)
Date Start: August 27, 2010
Date End: August 28, 2010
Battlefield, MO

CH11112 – Handling LP Gas Emergencies
(Requires Registration with SEMA)
Date Start: August 31, 2010
Date End: August 31, 2010
St. Louis, MO

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