Fire Department Incident Safety Officer

Summer Fire School

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Mike Arnhart

Antonia Fire Protection District

Mike Arnhart's interest in the fire service began at an early age. When he was fourteen, he joined the High Ridge Fire Protection District as a junior firefighter and went on to become a volunteer firefighter. Soon after he became a part-time paid firefighter and then a fire fighter/fire inspector. He has an Assocates Degree in Fire Science Technology from Jefferson College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Illinois University with a major in Fire Administration.

He has served as Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief of Training and has been an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute since 1992 where he was awarded the Instructor of the Year in 1997, 1999, 2007, and 2013. He has also served as an Instructor for Jefferson College and the Fire Science Program Coordinator for East Central College. In 2005 he was promoted to Fire Chief of High Ridge Fire Protection District until his retirement in 2017. He has then gone on to be the Fire Chief of the Antonia Fire Protection District.

  • Online Begins: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • End: 5:00 P.M., Friday, May 31, 2019
• 24 Hours
Early Registration
Late Registration

This course is designed to prepare fire department incident safety officers to meet and exceed the specific job functions as identified in NFPA 1521: Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer. This course addresses the fundamental coverage of job functions for successful handling of incidents involving hazardous materials, technical rescue, wildland fire, and other disasters, along with the critical skills required to be a proficient safety officer. These skills will include but are not limited to the processes of reading smoke, anticipating risk, predicting building collapse, and improving firefighter rehabilitation. The course will conclude with a process of testing and skills evaluations.


  • This is a blended learning delivery course. See Blended Learning Requirements
  • Participants are recommended to register by April 15. No students will be allowed to register after April 24.
  • Participants will be required to complete the self-paced online instructional modules before May 24.
  • At Summer Fire School, participants will attend the in-person skills practical followed by state skills evaluations.
  • This class requires a computer, and internet access. Participants should bring an internet capable laptop to class.

Blended Learning Delivery