MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute receives $60,000 gift from State Farm for emergency responder training

  • Published: Monday, June 28, 2021

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension received a $60,000 gift from State Farm Insurance Co. to sponsor 20 courses related to vehicle rescue, vehicle firefighting and driving emergency vehicles. 

The gift will provide training to about 400 emergency responders, said John Worden, interim director of the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute, which provides comprehensive continuing professional education to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel.

“Seventy-two percent of firefighters in Missouri are volunteers,” Worden said. “Many fire departments can’t pay their firefighters and struggle to afford training, and State Farm’s generosity helps us to offer this training at no cost.”

The gift was part of a $287,050 contribution to the university presented June 25 by State Farm representatives. Other recipients include the MU Health Trauma Center, the Trulaske College of Business’ Risk Management and Insurance Program, and First Impact, a free 90-minute traffic safety program from the MU School of Medicine that educates parents about Missouri’s Graduated Driver License law.

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Pictured, from left: Cheryl Kelly and DJ Hinds, State Farm insurance agents; Jeremy Diener, executive director for advancement, MU Trulaske College of Business; James Green, director, MU Student Success Center; Stephanie Wilmsmeyer, State Farm insurance agent; Gail Hagans, educational program coordinator, MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute; Jackie Lewis, MU vice chancellor for advancement; Lathon Ferguson, MU director of advancement, Corporate Relations; Ryan Kenney, State Farm sales leader, Missouri Northeast; Rachel Augustine, director, Missouri 4-H Foundation; Amy Price, nurse clinician, MU Trauma Services; John Worden, interim director, MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute; Beth Koster, coordinator of outreach programs, MU Trauma Services; and Lisa Cravens, State Farm insurance agent.

Writer: Curt Wohleber

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