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

Learn Life Saving Skills at Winter Fire School 2012!

The University of Missouri, Fire and Rescue Training Institute takes pride in offering firefighters the opportunity to learn vital skills that assist them in their profession. This year at Winter Fire School we are presenting many classes that will expand your knowledge and skills as well as keep you safe while on the job. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn how to avoid some of the dangers that can come your way on a daily basis.

411 Emergency Vehicle Operations

Michael Wilbur, Lieutenant, Fire Department New York
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Sunday Only

This workshop will identify causes associated with fire apparatus accidents through N.F.P.A. statistics and case studies. An overview of your states vehicle and traffic laws will also be covered. Other topics included in this workshop are; intersection safety, railroad crossing safety, driving while intoxicated, creating a driver training program, and writing standard operating guidelines. Engineers, potential Engineers, Drivers and potential Drivers are excellent candidates to take this course. Company and Chief Officer's would also benefit greatly by attending. Participants of Emergency Vehicle Operations will have a greater understanding of vehicle and traffic laws and their rights and obligations under the law. Drivers will have a heightened awareness of their responsibilities and the liabilities when they drive. Company and Chief Officer's will have an outline of a driver training program and will have the ability to write comprehensive Standard Operating Guidelines after completing this workshop.


413 Escaping Violent Encounters for EMS/Fire

Mike Novak, Battalion Chief, Branson FD
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Kip Teitsort, Founder Defensive Tactics for EMS/Fire
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Have you or your staff ever been threatened, yelled at or physically assaulted by a patient, upset family member or bystander? According to several studies, injuries from assaults are the number one cause for lost work hours in EMS. Have you ever been concerned about the response you or your provider would use in these particularly stressful incidents? Most EMS providers can answer yes to at least one of these questions. If you are among them, our Defensive Tactics for Emergency Medical Services/Fire (DT4EMS) courses can help keep you and your staff safe. Our training is based on using good customer service at the root of all course content. We train in using proven verbal skills before, during and after an incident. Our courses also teach the use of physical force as a last resort, but use real-world skills to free you or your staff from actual physical assaults should they occur. (EMS CEUs-Module IV-Division IV)

414 Factors of Command

Gary Wilson, Training Chief, Overland Park FD (KS)
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This workshop will take a look at various factors that can lead to a successfully managed incident. Throughout the workshop, activities will be used to reinforce the learning material. Topics include but are not limited to; integration of risk management; incident priorities and strategic goals; the need to develop a plan; factors to consider upon arrival; progress reports that include air management considerations and communicating tactical benchmarks. This workshop is focused around the new or acting officer, but can also serve as a good review for experienced officers.


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

John W. Norman, Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.), FDNY
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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)
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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!



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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