The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) was recently awarded funding through the Division of Fire Safety (DFS) and the Fire Education/Advisory Commission to deliver training courses in fiscal year 2013 (FY13). This funding will allow the delivery of "no-cost" training to firefighters across the state. The training will better prepare firefighters to handle fires and other emergencies in their local communities, thus enabling safer firefighters, safer citizens, and safer communities.
During the FY13 budget planning process, various state fire organizations and agencies, in concert with elected officials, worked diligently to garner additional state fire training funds. The Missouri State Legislature included $200,000 in the state's FY13 budget directed towards fire training. The funding was approved as part of the final budget that was signed by Governor Jay Nixon on June 22. In addition other funding sources such as: the fire education funds from state firework licensing and permit fees and the Chemical Emergency Preparedness Fund, provide funding to support fire training in the state. MU FRTI submitted a comprehensive statewide funding proposal to the Division of Fire Safety and the Fire Education/Advisory Commission in May for the delivery of essential training courses to fire departments through their field extension training program. MU FRTI was awarded over $147,000 in funding by the Fire Education/Advisory Commission through DFS to support the Institute's training initiatives for FY13.
MU FRTI Director, David Hedrick, said, "The Institute is highly appreciative to have received this state funding support. These funding resources will enable MU FRTI to provide essential training to fire departments across the state that will assist them in meeting training needs. MU FRTI looks forward to continuing their work with DFS and the Fire Education/Advisory Commission to improve the fire service in the State of Missouri through education and training."
MU FRTI is an Institute of the University of Missouri Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri's fire service and emergency response personnel. During fiscal year 2011, MU FRTI provided over 243,000 student instructional hours in training emergency first responders, impacting all 114 counties in the state.