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The fire service program represents the majority of training that MU FRTI offers. This program includes firefighter training courses from basic to advanced skill levels as well as fire officer and fire instructor training. These courses include both classroom and hands-on training components. Training courses are provided both on-campus and at local host facilities. About 80% of these training sessions are delivered at the local level throughout the state where firefighters work and live. MU FRTI regularly partners with local agencies and will provide specialized equipment and transport mobile training props to training sites in order to provide the necessary skills training associated with the program.
This training meets national and federal standards and the State of Missouri Firefighter Certification requirements as applicable. More information on specific course accreditation is listed on individual course pages.
The technical rescue program consists of a significant number of courses at MU FRTI. For many fire departments, technical rescues are the second largest percentage of emergency calls they handle. To meet this specialized training need, MU FRTI provides a broad range of courses from basic to advanced that address high angle, confined space, swiftwater, and other rescue techniques. Training courses are provided both on-campus and locally at host facilities. About 80% of training sessions are delivered at the local level throughout the state where firefighters work and live.
MU FRTI regularly partners with local agencies and will provide specialized equipment and transport mobile training props to training sites in order to provide the necessary skills training associated with the program. This training meets national and federal standards and the State of Missouri Firefighter Certification requirements as applicable. More information on specific course accreditation is listed on individual course pages.
The emergency management program offers an extensive array of training opportunities for state and local emergency managers, allied emergency response organizations, public officials, members of volunteer relief organizations, and business and industry professionals in related fields. These training courses provide the skills to build local teams and coalitions that respond to natural and technological disasters. The focus is to build the knowledge and skills needed to develop and implement policies, plans, and procedures to protect life and property through applications of sound emergency management principles in all phases of emergency management.
This program helps develop community resilience and provides services for the entire community related to planning, responding, and mitigating emergency disasters at the local community level. Community outreach, seminars, training, and evaluations provided by the program develop infrastructure and capabilities necessary to handle or mitigate disasters.
Training classes are provided both on-campus and locally at host facilities. About 80% of training sessions are delivered at the local level throughout the state where emergency personnel work and live. More information on specific course accreditation is listed on individual course pages.
Business and Industry
The business and industry program offers specialized training for the private sector. There is often a need for specialized fire protection, response, and mitigation training for industrial fire brigade members as well as emergency response teams within a business or industrial setting. This program is intended to provide those responders with the tools to handle incipient fire emergencies to structural fire response, confined space and high angle rescue, and hazardous materials incidents, as well as address specialized fire protection issues.
Programs are tailored to meet the needs of the client by incorporating industry emergency response plans and operational procedures in the development of each individualized training plan. Courses are conducted on-site at industrial facilities and/or host fire training facilities depending on the specific activities and skills.
This training meets national standards and federal regulations as applicable to the specific area of instruction. More information on specific course accreditation is listed on individual course pages.
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting
Our Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) program provides an opportunity for airport rescue firefighters to “Train as They’ll Fight” on the Mobile Aircraft Firefighter Trainer (MAFT). Supported with funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the operation of the mobile training unit is coordinated by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute. Training with the MAFT allows ARFF personnel to train locally with their equipment and standard operating procedures. Training at home encourages ARFF personnel and mutual aid fire departments to learn simultaneously the procedures and techniques needed to save lives when an aircraft accident/incident occurs.
MU FRTI offers a full-range of programs from beginning firefighting through executive leadership programs for chief officers. As you review the list of courses, you will notice programs in apparatus driving and pumping, live firefighting, a complete series of incident command, hazardous materials and technical rescue training programs as well EMS programs for first responders, EMTs and paramedics. You will also notice that the Institute has a wide variety of programs for company and chief officers as well as instructor development. Finally, our aircraft rescue firefighting program and mobile prop allow local airports to train at their site using their own equipment while saving hundreds of dollars per person in travel costs.
The Institute is one, if not the only, state fire training program in the country that includes an emergency management and exercise and evaluation program. With the events since 9/11 the integration of fire service functions and emergency management is imperative.
Throughout the years one of the hallmarks of MU FRTI has been nonbiased, qualified faculty. Each of the program areas at MU FRTI is managed by specialists with expertise in their certain field. These individuals have also been active practitioners in their subject area and maintain their professional certifications at various levels.
Curriculum developed by MU FRTI meets national and state standards, federal statutes or regulations, if applicable and includes a stringent review process by appointed technical expert committees as well as an academic review of adult learning principles using curriculum specialists and advisers. Depending on the nature of the curriculum, MU FRTI programs are vetted through various national or state entities as appropriate for certification, continuing education credit, and/or academic accreditation. Some of these reviews may include the Missouri Division of Fire Safety/Training and Certification, Peace Officers and Standards Training (POST), Missouri Bureau of EMS and American Council on Education (ACE).
The Institute is a proponent of learning methodologies that better integrate firefighter technical training, academic education, and state/national certification(s) to create a congruent training/educational system for fire service personnel.
If you do not see a program that meets your need, MU FRTI can design a site specific program or assist in finding national speakers to meet your need. With all of the programs we have available, we are as close as one organization can be to one- stop-shopping for emergency response training in Missouri.