“The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute’s Winter Fire School and Expo is the best event we attend. I cannot say loudly or often enough how great it is to attend your Winter Fire School due to the way you manage and operate the event.”
— Robert Langguth, Owner, Eagle Engraving Inc.
“The Columbia Fire Department has enjoyed a strong relationship with the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute for over eighty years. MU FRTI has provided the Columbia Fire Department with outstanding, affordable training critical to our mission that would otherwise not be available.”
— Charles P. Witt, Fire Chief, Retired, Columbia Fire Department
“MU FRTI is our primary source for outside training. We can count on them to have solid curriculum that has been tested over time, combined with instructors that are knowledgeable and passionate about the topic.”
— David A. Hall, Fire Chief, Retired, Springfield Fire Department
“The trainer that the university provided allows our ARFF personnel to practice their skills in a real world type event and this type of training is invaluable. Without the support of agencies like yours, events like this could not be successful.”
— Mark Duebner, Director, Dallas Love Field
“I absolutely love the opportunities I am given through MU FRTI. My name is Abbie Davis and I belong to the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department in Eldridge, Missouri, and on behalf of our department I would like to extend our gratitude to MU FRTI for making it possible for us to better ourselves with the training courses we take thru MU FRTI. I myself absolutely love the classes I’ve attended so far and look forward to more to come!”
— Abbie Davis, Firefighter, Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department
“10 consecutive years of discrepancy-free FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) inspected performance by KCFD (Kansas City Fire Department) personnel at the Downtown Airport. MU FRTI has helped us remain current. They have been a valued partner.”
— Matt Mauer, Battalion Chief, Kansas City Fire Department
“On behalf of the St. James Fire Protection District, I would like to thank you for providing assistance for two of our firefighters at this year’s Winter Fire School. It was the first fire school that Sean or Joe attended and it made a lasting impression on them. They are already talking about and planning on attending next year’s school. Again, I want to thank you for the support you showed our firefighters and providing them the opportunity to attend the 2017 Winter Fire School.”
— Bruce Parton, Fire Chief, St. James Fire Protection District
“I would like to personally thank the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the Phil Sayer Scholarship Board for the opportunity to attend the Summer Fire School of 2016 through the University of Missouri Extension. Not only was I able to attend thanks to the generosity of the board for awarding me a Phil Sayer Scholarship, I was thankful to have excellent instructors and take away many things in which I can use at my department but also teach younger firefighters. I look forward to the coming years of fire school both summer and winter and the many classes that will be offered.”
— Matthew Marra, Mid County Fire Protection District
“The information and tools in the Animals in Emergencies and Basic Emergency Response Training for Veterinary Students are simply invaluable. A lot of knowledge, preparation, and skill goes into emergency and disaster relief which was not realized prior to the class. With the combination of these skills and a degree in veterinary medicine, it will allow each of us to better assist the community and their pets because we now have the knowledge to participate.”
— Alexandra Frost, Third Year Veterinary Student, MU College of Veterinary Medicine
“I attended Missouri Fire School this year. This is my third year in a row and the drive from Iowa is worth it. In my opinion it is one of the premier fire schools in the country. Everyone from registration to the instructors to the faculty that works within the college are top notch. The professional and efficient demeanor of everyone involved is unparalleled.”
— Jeff Price, Clive (Iowa) Fire Department
“We had our first call this morning as Medical First Responders. Everything went well… We are looking forward to getting another class set up soon.”
— Ricky Floyd, EHS Coordinator, Trinity Marine Products Inc.
“Your good training paid off. A truck ran through the side of a small church and came to rest on top of a 100 lb propane bottle that was leaking. My guys diverted traffic, opened doors and set fans back a safe distance to move the visible propane cloud near the floor. Nobody was hurt. Thanks!”
— Glen Whitener, Hayti Fire Department
“I had lots of fun at winter fire school hope to make it back next year.”
— Brian Biter, Volunteer Fireman, Jonesburg/High Hill Fire Prevention Department
Due to the dynamic change in funding for firefighter training, all courses may be eligible for funding from either contracts or grants. In the absence of either contracts or grants, all courses in this catalog can still be provided, but a fee will be required. Contact your regional training coordinator or MU FRTI for more information regarding course fees.
To see all currently scheduled training, select “Training schedule.” To schedule training for your department, select “Course list.”
To see training courses only in a certain category, select the category name below.
Note: If you select “Training schedule” and no classes are currently scheduled, you will reach a page that says, “We’re sorry! Your search did not return any results.”
Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF)
The Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Trainer (MAFT) provides an opportunity for Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) to “train as they’ll fight.” Funded by 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 Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Trainer allows ARFF personnel to train with their equipment and standard operating procedures. By training at home, ARFF personnel can train with mutual aid fire departments and learn together the procedures and techniques needed to save lives when an aircraft accident/incident occurs.
These courses have been developed to meet the needs of the private sector. They incorporate industry emergency response plans and operational procedures that are common in many businesses and industries but may be developed and individualized for clients. Courses are conducted on-site at industrial facilities and/or host fire training facilities depending on the specific activities and skills.
This section includes courses targeted for chief officers. Some courses were designed to be continuing education for executive fire officer graduates, whereas other courses help chief officers manage in their organization to meet the dynamic changes facing the fire service.
No other rank of the fire service has as much impact on new firefighters as the company officer. This section provides courses to prepare firefighters in being company officers or for those who are currently company officers provides a continuing education menu of courses to improve their officer skills.
Driver training programs vary by agencies from comprehensive to basic skills. But driver training should be a critical part of any department’s training program. The position of driver, operator is arguably one of the most important positions for emergency service professionals. Arriving safely to the the scene of the emergency is the first step towards managing the incident.
The Emergency Management curriculum 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. The 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.
Courses are made available through a partnership with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Institute.
MU FRTI is the single largest provider in Missouri for Emergency Medical Services continuing professional education and is recognized by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services as an Accredited Training Entity. These programs provide current EMTs and paramedics an opportunity to not only learn specialized topics, but also earn CEU’s.
MU FRTI also partners with University of Missouri Health Care EMS Education to provide EMT and Paramedic programs.
MU FRTI offers hazardous materials and environmental emergency response training to both the public and private sectors. The public-sector emergency responder training program concentrates on offering training necessary for the safe response of fire fighters, law enforcement personnel, and EMS providers to hazardous materials emergencies. Private sector training for business and industry concentrates on OSHA requirements.
Hazardous Materials Incident Response Awareness is also available as an online course.
MU FRTI offers instructor training to further emergency responders knowledge and enhance their teaching skills. The focus of these courses are on adult learning principles and practices, teaching from prepared lesson plans, developing curriculum, supervising multiple instructors and managing a department training program.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards — regardless of cause, size, location or complexity — in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment. The NIMS model for incident management is the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized on-scene emergency management organization designed to aid in the management of resources during incidents. The ICS model is used by jurisdictions and agencies, both public and private, to organize field-level incident-management operations. ICS is sometimes referred to as the Incident Management System (IMS); the terms are interchangeable.
MU FRTI offers multiple courses that are administered and attended completely online and some that are a blend of online and classroom training. These courses are hosted by University of Missouri Extension and administered directly by MU FRTI. This is one more way MU FRTI provides the training you need at your convenience.
The blended learning courses trade a significant portion of travel and classroom time for the convenience of structured, interactive online learning and remote instructor support. Each blended course schedule is designed to provide effective learning and a positive experience. Some titles require self-paced online studying before coming to class, whereas others meet for a day and then interact online for a set timeframe. All classes are supported by instructors and a MU FRTI staff member, readily available by email and telephone.
Forget 40 hours in a classroom — train on your schedule! Sign up for an online or blended learning course today!
While the number of fire responses have been dwindling in many departments the need to maintain the necessary skills for suppression is critical. On average, 100 firefighters are killed each year in the line of duty. Courses in this section help identify building construction considerations, improve firefighter safety and provide confidence in interior structure fire evolutions. MU FRTI offers suppression and firefighter safety training for firefighters to further their knowledge and enhance their skills.
The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute offers many classes that employ the use of tools and skills that exceed those normally reserved for firefighting and emergency medical services. These disciplines are classified as techincal rescue classes and include structural collapse rescue, trench collapse rescue and many others.
The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute provides practical assessment and evaluation resources for clients in the fire service and education, as well as nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses.
Wildfire suppression courses address a range of firefighting tactics needed in order to suppress wildfires. Firefighting efforts in wildland areas require different techniques, equipment, and training from the more familiar structural firefighting. Wildfire suppression also addresses the issues of the wildland-urban interface, where populated areas border with wild land areas.
Some courses listed below are available through an agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation and meet National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) guidelines and are offered in conjunction with our annual Summer Fire School. Other NWCG topics may be available upon request.