University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute’s (MU FRTI) Advisory Council met at the Institute on the MU Columbia campus in August for its annual meeting. The MU FRTI Advisory Council provides input and guidance on strategic planning and training initiatives, and is composed of members selected to represent a cross section of the state’s fire service. Council members received a briefing on the outcomes of the Institute for Fiscal Year 2017, and new projects and activities planned for FY2018.
During the meeting Dr. Marshal Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement, and Dr. Blake Naughton, Associate Vice Chancellor gave updates on the University and Extension initiatives. Dr. Stewart emphasized the role Extension plays in bring information and resources to Missourians as part of the University’s land grant mission, and how MU FRTI is an important part in providing the fire training resources that ensure safer citizens and safer communities in the state. Also in attendance was the Missouri State Fire Marshal and Director of the Missouri Division of Fire Safety (DFS), Tim Bean. Fire Marshal Bean provided the Advisory Council with an overview of his role as state fire marshal and information on new DFS initiatives in the works.
During the meeting, the Council reviewed their work on a recent statewide training needs survey and the resulting report that will be used as guidance document for future planning by the Institute. Initial responses indicate the report was well received and contained valuable information that will help the Institute effectively plan. Deputy Chief Jeff Johnson of Kansas City Fire Department serves as the Council Chair. As the Chair Johnson said, “the council plays a strategic role in identifying and assessing fire service training priorities and providing the Institute’s administration with advice on addressing those training needs.”
MU FRTI is a unit of MU Extension and is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. The Institute provides training to approximately 13,000 fire and emergency service first responders each year.