2015 News Archive

Fire Service Instructor of the Year Awarded

The University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) presented the Fire Service Instructor of the Year award for 2014-2015 at the annual Instructor’s Conference on October 24, 2015. The conference and awards ceremony were held at the Country Club Hotel and Spa in Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

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New Regional Training Coordinator

Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced the appointment of a new Regional Training Coordinator for the Institute for Region B: Mr. Robert Creed of Moberly, Missouri.

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MU FRTI Receives Gift from State Farm

The University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) recently received a 2015 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. The State Farm gift will support essential training for Missouri emergency responders to highway incidents.

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New Grain Engulfment Rescue Training Program

To meet the growing need for grain engulfment rescue training, the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has initiated a state-wide accessible training program to train fire and emergency service responders to respond to and safely handle grain entrapments and engulfments.

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Appointment of a New Special Operations Coordinator

Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced the appointment of Ryan Rascher to fill the position of Special Operations Coordinator with the Institute. Mr. Rascher is a resident of Dexter, Missouri.

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Appointment of a New Curriculum Specialist

Director David E. Hedrick of the University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) has announced the appointment of Erin McGruder to fill the position of Curriculum Specialist with the Institute. Ms. McGruder is a resident of Harrisburg, Missouri.

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Kyle Smith Honored for His Service with MU FRTI

University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute’s (MU FRTI) Instructional Support Associate, Kyle Smith, will be leaving the Institute. He and his wife Anita have been offered job positions at a hospital in Florida. Kyle’s last day with MU FRTI is March 27, 2015.

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Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) and the Truman School of Public Affairs graduated 24 Fire Service Officers from throughout Missouri in a ceremony honoring their completion of the 13th Annual Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program (FSLEP) on March 19, 2015. During a graduation ceremony, held at the University of Missouri Alumni Center in Columbia, MO, graduates were praised for their commitment to improving the professional leadership capabilities of Missouri’s Fire Service. The FSLEP program is a joint activity conducted by the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs and MU FRTI, and provides executive leadership training for current and future Chief Fire Officers.

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MU FRTI Receives Grant

The University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) recently received a grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company through their Heritage Program® to support a firefighter training initiative in Missouri. The partnership support between MU FRTI and Fireman’s Fund will provide the Institute’s Basic Firefightercourse at no cost to four selected fire departments in Missouri. This course provides the basic skills to address the initial training needs of new firefighters, as well as the continuing refresher training needs of existing firefighters. This training will improve firefighter proficiency resulting in a reduction in loss of lives and property.

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