Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri's Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced the appointment of Dean Martin to fill the position of Industrial and Specialized Programs Coordinator for the Institute. Mr. Martin is a resident of Columbia, Missouri. MU FRTI is a unit of Extension at the University and is charged with the responsibility for providing comprehensive continuing education training to Missouri's fire service and emergency response personnel. MU FRTI delivers approximately 240,000 student instructional hours of training each year to firefighters and emergency responders.
Mr. Martin has been an adjunct instructor for the Institute since 1998, and was MU FRTI's Instructor of the Year in 2009. He retired from the City of Columbia Fire Department July 5, 2011 after 21 years of service. He held the rank of Division Chief with the department and was responsible for overseeing the training division, fire marshals division, and the EMS program. Mr. Martin currently works with the Columbia Area Career Center on their public safety career program for high school students that include Fire and EMS education. Dean has an Associate's Degree in General Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science. He is also a certified Paramedic and a certified Fire Investigator in Missouri.
Regarding Martin's appointment as the Industrial and Specialized Programs Coordinator, MU FRTI Director Hedrick said, "Dean has been a dedicated Adjunct Instructor for the Institute. He has a demonstrated history of instructional excellence, as well as a proven record of fire service experience. We look forward to Dean's continued work with the Institute in this new job position."
Coordinator Martin will officially begin the new position effective June 4, 2012. In the interim he will be working with the Institute part-time on specialized projects.