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31st Annual Winter Fire School - February 10 - 12, 2012

2012 Winter Fire School

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute's (MU FRTI) Winter Fire School is the premier annual fire service event and plays host to the largest gathering of emergency professionals in Missouri. Addressing the issues and challenges that are critical to all emergency services, Winter Fire School provides in-depth workshops and courses for individuals in their profession.

MU FRTI's Winter Fire School, world-class Equipment Exposition will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Expo Center. More than 100 exhibits of the latest emergency response products, services, technologies and solutions will be on display. Get your questions answered by professionals on apparatus, turnout gear, extrication tools and much more.

We look forward to seeing you in Columbia, Missouri, February 10-12, 2012.

What are the Benefits of Attending Winter Fire School 2012

  • Nationally Recognized Speakers
  • 31 New Courses
  • Flexible Workshops to Meet your Schedule
  • One of the Midwest’s Largest Equipment Expositions
  • Live Online Webcasts

Imagine the impact on you, your crew, and your community!

407 Bringing Today's Technology into the Classroom and Beyond – NEW

Frank Lipski BS, FF/EMT-P, Assistant Training Officer, Florissant Valley FD

This workshop will demonstrate ways to integrate many of today's popular media devices into fire service course design and departmental training programs. Topics covered will include, ipad and iphone use in the classroom setting, and how these devices are also being integrated at the staff and company levels within many departments. Participants will also learn about the equipment needed to create their own high quality video or audio podcast. Other topics covered will be; cloud computing, document collaboration techniques, web based calendars, paperless training records, copyright laws, and mobile computing beyond the classroom. This workshop will cover slide presentation design and delivery techniques using multi-platform presentation software.

Note: This class is not specific to any computing platform. We will be covering many portable devices during the class with an emphasis on "newer" equipment and technology. Participants are encouraged to bring any portable devices they may have, but none will be required for this course. When demonstrating software, examples will be given for multiple computing platforms if available. (DFS CEUs 4-Instructor)

408 Communications Concepts and Interoperability – NEW

Kurt Bleich, Training Officer, California FD

This workshop will cover functions and operations on fire-ground communications as well as a systems overview and impact on operations. There will be an overview of system types such as simplex, repeater, trunked, and the new state system (MOSWIN). Topics will also cover; basic interoperability concepts, an overview of resources, channels, radio caches, and deployable resources that can be requested. There will be tools and repeaters available for a hands-on demonstration. An in-class review of the latest version of the State Fire Marshal's MOU for using Fire Mutual Aid channels will be included, as well as radio traffic audio from real calls.

415 Fire Behavior and Firefighter Survival- Keeping Your Firefighters From Killing Themselves – NEW

John W. Norman, Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.), FDNY
(Click here for biography)

Available as a Webcast - Click Here

Saturday Only

This class is intended to keep firefighters from repeating the same deadly mistakes others have made, so they can avoid the tragedies that others have suffered. It focuses heavily on the changes occurring in today's modern fire environment, and includes segments on the following: changing causes of firefighter deaths and injuries, the changing fire environment and its effect on firefighters, warning signs of impending firefighter casualties, and prevention of catastrophes.

418 Firefighter Survival: The Realities and the Myths: The Beat Goes On – NEW

Billy Goldfeder, Deputy Fire Chief, Loveland-Symmes FD (Ohio)

Saturday Only

Firefighters are heroic but also do many non-heroic things that may result in injury and death. Deputy Chief, Billy Goldfeder, rallies the troops to fight smarter and safer by refusing to make common mistakes that can have fatal consequences; failing to wear a seat-belt, entering a building where there is no human life at risk, and failing to wear SCBA and all protective gear at every call. Chief Goldfeder challenges chiefs to make sure everyone goes home and reminds firefighters why they must avoid unnecessary risks: the family and friends that are left behind when they are gone!

420 From Silver To Gold, You're the Boss Now What? – NEW

Todd Farley, Deputy Chief, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District
(Click here for biography)

Sunday Only

You are a talented, respected firefighter, and are afforded the opportunity to work for outstanding officers and some not so outstanding officers. You have learned a lot along the way and feel you are ready to assume a formal leadership role within your organization. You study, prepare, practice, and complete the promotional testing requirements. After all is said and done, the Chief says you're it, congratulations! You are handed the gold badge and welcomed to the world of fire service leadership, now what? This workshop introduces the challenges of being a new supervisor, providing strategies to successfully lead, manage, and overcome the hurdles of being in this new role. Key topics will be transitional leadership (informal to formal), management at the company officer level, dealing with politics, and the principles of supervision. (DFS CEUs 4-Instructor)

A Complete Class List is Available at:

2012 Equipment Exposition

MU FRTI's Winter Fire School, world-class exhibition will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Expo Center. More than 100 exhibits of the latest emergency response products, services, technologies and solutions will be on display. Get your questions answered by professionals on apparatus, turnout gear, extrication tools and much more.

Mark Your Calendars

Summer Fire School
June 5-10, 2012
Jefferson City, MO

Get additional information at our website –

Four Easy Ways To Register

1. Internet: click here
(Credit cards only please.)

2. Phone: (866) 682-6663 or (573) 882-8320
Have all information on the registration form available to expedite the process. Hours are 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. (Credit cards only please.)

3. Fax: (573) 882-1953
Include your completed registration form with purchase order, billing authorization, or credit card number. (No checks please.)

4. Mail:
Mail your completed form with payment to:
WFS 2012
MU Conference Office
University of MO-Columbia
348 Hearnes Center
Columbia, MO 65211

University of Missouri Extension,
Fire and Rescue Training Institute

Our mailing address is:
MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute
1110 South College Avenue, Room 232
Columbia, MO 65211-3410

Our telephone:
1-800-869-3476 or (573) 882-4735

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