Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri's Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced that on May 2, 2009 during the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri (FFAM) 54th Annual Convention held in Warrenton, MO, one of the University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute's (MU FRTI) personnel received an achievement award for their dedication and commitment to the fire service.
Gail Hagans-Reynolds, Coordinator for the MU FRTI Field Extension Program, received a Phil Sayer Lifetime Achievement Award. The FFAM Phil Sayer Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Volunteer Fire Insurance Services (VFIS) and annually honors an individual whose remarkable achievements in the fire service and community exemplifies outstanding performance. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick said that: "Gail's dedication and exceptional work in maximizing the availability and delivery of subsidized statewide fire training has been a key factor in meeting the training needs of Missouri's fire service. I believe her outstanding twenty years of service in enabling training to the state's fire and emergency service responders exemplifies the performance standard of achievement that is the true meaning of the Phil Sayer Lifetime Achievement Award."
The Phil Sayer Lifetime Achievement Award is named in memory of Galt (MO) Fire Protection District Fire Chief Phil Sayer who passed away in 2007. Chief Sayer served with the Galt Fire Department for over 40 years, and had served in numerous positions in the different fire service organizations in the state including the FFAM. Chief Sayer was also a long time Adjunct Instructor with MU FRTI, as well as a past Regional Coordinator. MU FRTI His dedication and service to the fire service of Missouri made a lasting positive impact on the safety and protection of the state's fire and emergency responders and the citizens they serve.
Hedrick said that: "Coordinator Hagans-Reynolds' dedication to increasing the safety, training, and professionalism of the fire service has been evidenced by her work and assistance with fire departments across the state, as well as her involvement with local, state, and national fire organizations." Coordinator Hagans-Reynolds began working for MU FRTI in 1989, and was promoted to Coordinator for the Field Extension Training Program in 2007.
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 311,000 student instructional hours were delivered in training emergency first responders.
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