Phil Sayer Memorial Scholarship

Winter Fire School


Philip Sayer, founder of the Galt Fire Department, later to be renamed the Galt Fire Protection District, dedicated his time and resources to the improvement of funding and training for volunteer fire departments nationwide. During his fire service career, he was the FFAM and Missouri’s representative to the National Volunteer Fire Council. He also served as a member of the Executive Board of the NVFC. While on the NVFC board, he sat on numerous committees that shaped the standards used to evaluate fire department and officer requirements. He was instrumental in the Fire ACT grants and keeping them funded when efforts arose to cut them. He also served as FFAM’s Legislative Committee Chairman and in 1995 was credited with helping to pass a state law which created the Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission. Phil chaired the Commission until he passed away on December 14, 2007.



This Scholarship provides Missouri volunteer fire fighters and volunteer fire officers the opportunity to further their skills and education by paying their tuition to attend Winter Fire School.

The Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission and the Division of Fire Safety have designated state fire training funds to support scholarships for Winter Fire School. Each awarded scholarship will include up to 12 hours of course tuition. In addition, the University of Missouri Extension, Fire and Rescue Training Institute is offering lodging to scholarship recipients residing beyond a 50 mile radius of Columbia, Missouri.

If an applicant would like to apply for a course of longer duration, the applicant would be responsible for the remaining tuition balance. 




Submit your application to the Missouri Division of Fire Safety and the Fire Safety Advisory Commision. Details on how to submit are stated in the application.


If you would like to donate money to the Phil Sayer Memorial Scholarship Fund please contact the Missouri Department of Public Safety

Donations may be sent to: 
Sherry Hoelscher - Phil Sayer Scholarship 
c/o Missouri Division of Fire Safety 
PO Box 844 
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Fund Raising

Help raise funds for this scholarship at the annual 5k during Summer Fire School.


Annual 5K Benefit Run/Walk