Ethics, unrest and line of duty deaths focus of training for fire crews

4 years 1 week 4 days ago Friday, February 05 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 3:31:00 PM CST February 05, 2016 in News
By: Emma Balkenbush, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - More than 1,000 firefighters, emergency personnel and responders from across the country traveled to mid-Missouri Friday for dozens of courses on a variety of topics.

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute is hosting its winter fire school.

Tracy Gray, conferences and special projects assistant, said the institute is offering several new classes this year, three of which will discuss ethics, civil unrest and ways to reduce line of duty deaths. 

Gray said the Ethics in the Firehouse class will discuss how firefighters are portrayed in the media.  

"In emergency services, we are dealing with people when something major is happening in their life," Gray said. "We want to make sure those guys out in the field are being sensitive to their patients."

He said the class will give first responders the opportunity to think about situations they might not have before. 

"When we're on an emergency scene, people might not understand why we're doing what we're doing," Gray said. "If the media is there watching, we want to make sure it's perceived in a positive light."

Another class offered will look at ways to reduce the number of deaths and injuries. 

According to the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute website, statistics show the number of fires has decreased while the number of firefighter deaths and injuries has increased. 

Gray said one reason for the increase in firefighter deaths may be due to byproducts given off in newer buildings. 

"The firefighters are ingesting that either through absorption of their skin or inhalation without wearing their proper gear," Gray said. "Each year we lose, just with cancer, about 500 firefighters annually." 

Nick Keller, a fire school student from the Lake of the Ozarks, said he tries not to think about the dangers of the job too often. 

"The only way to prevent deaths is to really just train and make sure your guys are in sync with each other," Keller said. "Knowing what new construction is out there and doing a lot of pre-planning before you get out there." 

The institute will also offer a class that discusses civil unrest situations similar to the events that took place in Fergurson in 2014. 

Gray said the participating students range from beginner firefighters to seasoned veterans. 

"It gives an opportunity for those participants to sit next to each other and the camaraderie that happens is really great," Gray said.

The institute offers a livestream of the event for emergency responders who cannot attend. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri will spend two days at the capitol,... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:34:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Members of Rock Bridge High School’s Students Demand Action group hosted a forum Sunday where local leaders answered... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:07:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
LACEDE COUNTY- One teen died and three others suffered injuries in a single-car-accident Saturday afternoon. The driver of the... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 5:48:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
VIENNA- On Thursday, February 13, Task Force Officers, Vienna Police Department, and the Maries County Sheriff’s Office executed a search... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:43:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (AP) — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last week, and authorities... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:00:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
HALLSVILLE- A house fire broke out off North Frink Road Sunday afternoon. Firefighters found a fire in the attic... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:19:00 PM CST February 16, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY — Linn Creek, Missouri Police Chief Greg Berry was arrested Saturday afternoon by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:32:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — Two women were seriously injured after head-on collision between a Prius and a semi-truck early Sunday morning, according... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:41:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A new route and a new bus shelter will be added at the intersection of Rice Road and... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:00:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Thousands of people and more than 300 gallons of chili filled the Expo Center Saturday for the 15th... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:50:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Runners braved the cold weather Saturday morning for the R.A.M.S 5K. R.A.M.S is a nonprofit MU organization... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 6:44:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
FESTUS (AP) — Police in eastern Missouri say a 73-year-old man has been shot to death, and his 42-year-old son... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:28:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One of Missouri State Highway Patrol's vehicles was struck by a semitruck late Thursday night. MSHP shared... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:44:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Don Allard, who served as Columbia’s city manager for 12 years, died Wednesday in Arvada, Colorado, after a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:10:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Columbia School Board. Although there are less... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:41:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Local nonprofit Building Community Bridges held its monthly community day Saturday afternoon. Saturday's event had a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A jury has awarded $265 million in punitive damages to a Missouri peach grower who sued... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:41:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -The mid-Missouri Harley-Davidson hosted its monthly event today to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:36:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 45°
1pm 51°
2pm 52°
3pm 54°
4pm 54°