The University of Missouri's Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) presented the Fire Service Instructor of the Year for 2008 – 2009 awards at the annual Instructor's Conference on October 24, 2009. 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 Dean Martin Division Chief with the City of Columbia Fire Department in Columbia, MO. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick said that, "Instructor Martin exemplifies excellence in fire service instruction and we are proud of his dedicated service with the Institute." Martin has been an adjunct instructor with the MU FRTI program since 1998.
Martin started his fire service career in the military serving in the United States Navy on board an aircraft carrier performing aircraft rescue and firefighting. In 1989 he was hired as a firefighter by the Columbia Fire Department. In 1993 he was promoted to Lieutenant and Assistant Fire Marshal with the department that began his rise through the ranks. He received his Associates of Arts degree from Columbia College in 2000, and his Bachelor of Science from Columbia Southern University in 2008. Since 2004 Martin has served as Division Chief over Training, Fire Marshals, and EMS with the Columbia Fire Department.
In addition to the award given to Division Chief Martin, MU FRTI recognized the first and second runners-up for the Instructor of the Year. Instructor Michael Arnhart, Chief of the High Ridge Fire Protection District in High Ridge, MO, was Second Runner-Up, and David Hall Interim Fire Chief of the Springfield Fire Department 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 firefighter to competently perform skills and techniques necessary in saving lives and property of the citizens they serve. The potential impact that each instructor can make through each class they deliver is incalculable."
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 257,000 student instructional hours were delivered in training emergency first responders. The Institute has a cadre of over 200 adjunct instructors.
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