COLUMBIA, Mo.— More than 900 firefighters, emergency medical personnel and other emergency responders from across Missouri and eight other states will attend the 32nd annual Winter Fire School, Feb. 8-10 in Columbia. The event is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute (FRTI).

A fire and EMS equipment exposition will run from noon to 9 p.m., Feb. 8, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Workshops and courses will be conducted Feb. 9-10 on the MU campus.

“The FRTI training team offers more than 85 classes mirroring the services that firefighters and other emergency personnel provide on a daily basis,” says Dave Hedrick, FRTI director.

Topics of special interest include advanced airway management and trauma techniques; bringing today’s technology into the classroom; introduction to disaster searches; and practical approaches to strip store mall fires.

Go to for more details. Registrations will be accepted until Feb. 7. Contact the MU Conference Office at 573-882-8320, 866-682-6663 or [email protected] for more information on registration. For other questions on the event, contact FRTI at 573-882-4735, 800-869-3476 or [email protected].

MU FRTI is charged with providing comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. Last year, more than 17,000 fire and emergency service first responders received training from the institute. MU FRTI has a cadre of more than 200 adjunct instructors.

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