Working for Missourians

In FY 2009, MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute provided comprehensive continuing professional education and training to 1,224 fire service and emergency response personnel from St. Louis County.

MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute

Source: MU Extension Annual Report, FY 2009

The successful management of a fire or other emergency incident is directly related to how well emergency responders perform at the scene. That level of performance, which can mean the difference between life and death, is a direct reflection on their training.

In FY 2009, MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute provided more than 22,000 fire service and emergency response registrants with continuing education and professional training to save lives and protect their property from fire and other disasters. The institute also has a direct impact on the well-being and protection of Missouri’s 25,000 firefighters — 80 percent of whom are volunteers — and the 5.8 million citizens they serve statewide.

FRTI rescue Airport firefighters train for aircraft rescue and firefighting during a course presented by MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute. Firefighters use a mobile aircraft fire trainer simulator that is operated by the institute in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Transportation’s aviation section.

Known for making training accessible, the MU program prepares its students to deal not only with fires, but also with medical emergencies, hazardous materials response and acts of terrorism.

Focusing efforts to provide quality, standards-based education, the institute’s comprehensive training also includes structural, wildland and aircraft firefighting; technical rescue; other environmental emergency services; fire service instructor and company officer development; emergency management; and emergency planning and exercise evaluation.

During FY 2009, the institute conducted 881 continuing professional education courses, providing 257,713 student instructional hours of training to 22,047 fire and emergency service responders and students. Participants from 113 Missouri counties and 44 other states registered for hands-on courses held in 86 counties across the state.

In the winter and spring of 2008-2009, Missouri faced a multitude of regional and statewide disasters. As part of the county-level and state emergency responses, MU Extension’s Community Emergency Management Program provided information and technical assistance to county offices and local communities. The program assisted in the stabilization and clean-up of one state emergency and three presidentially declared disasters in FY 2009.


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