Fire and Rescue Training Institute
David E. Hedrick, director
During 2012, FRTI provided 217,848 instructional hours of training and conducted 696 individual courses with a total enrollment of 17,096 students.
FRTI instructor Dean Martin points out the sprinkler to participants in the fire simulator. The summer fire school celebrated its 80th birthday in June 2012.
MU's Fire and Rescue Training Institute (FRTI) provides comprehensive continuing professional education and training to Missouri's fire service, emergency responders and allied personnel. As one of only eight fire training systems housed within a university in the United States, FRTI maintains a prominent reputation as one of the leading statewide fire training systems.
Training is conducted across the state in local communities and through annual and regional fire schools. During 2012, FRTI provided 217,848 instructional hours of training and conducted 696 individual courses with a total enrollment of 17,096 students. Increased subsidies provided a 10 percent increase in student enrollments from the previous year. Students represented all 114 Missouri counties and 43 other states. FRTI personnel, vehicles and support trailer fleet traveled 246,207 miles to deliver training.
In 2012, FRTI celebrated 30 years as an accredited institute at MU and its 80th year as a training program. Its roots trace to 1933, when several mid-Missouri fire departments joined with MU to address the need for more advanced training. Today FRTI is renowned for its excellence in fire and emergency preparedness programming (essential occupational training) as well as its engagement with the community and emergency responders.
Missouri has 893 fire departments or fire protection districts in the state, collectively served by an estimated 23,600 firefighters. There are, on average, four firefighters for every 1,000 Missouri citizens, and one firefighter to cover every three square miles. Approximately 90 percent of the state's firefighters are volunteer or part-paid. Every day, Missouri firefighters and emergency personnel have the potential to respond to fires, emergency medical events and disasters in order to protect their citizens and communities. The training they receive is essential to their ability to mitigate incidents and restore communities.
The accredited course work of the institute is taught through a diverse delivery system across the state providing accessible, multidisciplinary education and training. On average, FRTI starts 13 courses each week. Comprehensive training topics include structural firefighting; wildland and aircraft firefighting; technical rescue; fire service instructor and company officer preparation; emergency medical care; anti-terrorism; and emergency management, planning and exercise evaluation.