The University of Missouri's Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) presented the Fire Service Instructor of the Year for 2006 – 2007 awards at the annual Instructor's Conference on October 27, 2007. This year's conference was held at the Resort at Port Arrowhead in Lake Ozark, MO.
This year's recipient of the MU FRTI Instructor of the Year award was John Sachen of Cape Girardeau. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick said that, "Instructor Sachen exemplifies excellence in fire service instruction and we are proud of his continued service with the Institute." Sachen has been an adjunct instructor with the MU FRTI program since 1978.
Sachen first became an instructor in 1956 while serving in the Unites States Air Force. He majored in Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri and St. Louis University. During his career he has worked with career and volunteer fire departments, as well in industrial fire brigades. He retired from Mallinckrodt Chemical as Chief of Fire Protection and Chemical Response, and he is currently serving with the Delta Fire Protection District. Mr. Sachen teaches a variety of courses for the Institute that includes flammable liquid fire fighting and building construction for the fire service. He has taught at local, state, and national fire service conferences and been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.
In addition to the award given to Mr. Sachen, MU FRTI recognized the first and second runners-up for the Instructor of the Year. Instructor Michael Arnhart of High Ridge, MO was Second Runner-Up, and H.P. "Rusty" Bradley of Columbia, MO was First Runner-Up. Director Hedrick acknowledged the important job that all fire service instructors perform. Hedrick said: "Fire Instructors have the responsibility of preparing the emergency first responder to competently perform skills and techniques necessary in saving lives and property of our citizens from the ravages of fire, natural and manmade disasters. At the same time, the knowledge and skills that the student learns in class are critical in providing for their own health and safety."
The MU FRTI is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri's fire service and emergency response personnel. Last year over 345,000 student instructional hours were delivered in training emergency first responders. The Institute has a cadre of over 200 adjunct instructors. MU FRTI