Thursday, March 13, 2014

MU Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute Benefits Greene County by Training Nearly 1,000 Local Firefighters Annually

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute exists to plan and deliver training for fire and rescue personnel, emergency managers, and other responders in Missouri according to David Hedrick, director or MU FRTI.

Over the last three fiscal years (2011 – 2013), 2,823 fire and emergency service personnel in have received over 46,424 instructional hours of training in 147 classes provided by FRTI through MU Extension in Greene County. This includes students from Greene County, as well as students from other counties coming into Greene County to attend classes.

“FRTI training prepares firefighters and other emergency first responders to handle emergency situations, situations that may require them to place their own lives at risk. It is imperative that these responders receive safe, realistic, and effective training,” said Hedrick. “Enabled by this training, Greene County’s emergency responders have made a significant impact on the protection of lives and property of the citizens.”

Programming is conducted across the state in local communities, as well as through annual and regional fire schools. Missouri has 893 fire departments and fire protection districts with over 23,600 firefighters in the state.

“We use a regional field extension infrastructure so courses are conducted across the state at the local level to meet the training needs of the state’s fire service, 80 percent of which are volunteers,” said Hedrick.

MU FRTI receives 21 percent of its budget from the University of Missouri Extension. The Institute self generates the rest of the necessary budget.

For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research. The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything. More information on this topic is available online at


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