State Funding for Fire Training Courses Awarded

Posted on: 14 July 2017

MU FRTI receives State Fire Training Funding from the Missouri Division of Fire Safety and the Fire Safety/Advisory Commission. Pictured left to right: DFS Public Safety Manager Becky Trapani, Assistant Fire Marshal Greg Carrell, Fire Marshal Tim Bean, MU FRTI Director David Hedrick, DFS Fiscal and Admin Manager Sherry Hoelscher, and MU FRTI Associate Director Kevin Zumwalt.

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) was recently awarded funding through the Division of Fire Safety (DFS) and the Missouri Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission to deliver training courses in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). This funding will allow the delivery of "no-cost" training to firefighters throughout 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.

MU FRTI presented a statewide funding proposal to the Division of Fire Safety and the Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission in June for the delivery of training courses to fire departments through their field extension training program. MU FRTI was awarded over $160,000 in funding to help support the Institute's training initiatives in FY18.

Last year, state fire service training funds provided through DFS to the Institute enabled eighty-eight training courses that trained over 2,400 firefighters and emergency responders. Courses were conducted in various location throughout the state in conjunction with local host fire departments and agencies. Personnel attending these courses represented 104 of Missouri’s 114 counties. 

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 basic and advanced 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 Missouri Fire Safety 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.