The University of Missouri's Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) presented the Fire Service Instructor of the Year for 2009 - 2010 awards at the annual Instructor's Conference on October 23, 2010. The conference and awards ceremony were 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 Brad Dillow Battalion Chief with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department in Cape Girardeau, MO. MU FRTI Director David Hedrick said that, "Instructor Dillow exemplifies excellence in fire service instruction and we are proud of his dedicated service with the Institute." Dillow has been an adjunct instructor with the MU FRTI program since 2002.
Dillow started his fire service career in 1991 as a firefighter and dispatcher with the Anna Fire Department in Illinois. In 1995 he became a firefighter in Missouri serving with both the Jackson Fire Department and the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. Since 2009 he has served as a Battalion Chief with Cape Girardeau. He received his Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology from Jefferson College in 2000, and his Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University in 1995. Instructor Dillow teaches a variety of courses for MU FRTI including Technical Rescue and Structural Collapse Rescue: Technician.
In addition to the award given to Battalion Chief Dillow, MU FRTI recognized the first and second runners-up for the Instructor of the Year. Instructor Jon E. Trent, Assistant Chief of the Nixa Fire Protection District in Nixa, MO, was Second Runner-Up, and Dean Martin, Division Chief with the Columbia Fire Department in 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 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 273,000 student instructional hours were delivered in training emergency first responders. The Institute has a cadre of over 200 adjunct instructors.
David E. Hedrick, Director
Fire & Rescue Training Institute
University of Missouri Extension