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David E. Hedrick

David E. Hedrick
Fire and Rescue Training Institute, MU Extension
1110 South College
Room 232
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-5968
Fax: 573-882-0678

Areas of work

  • Experience at the state level in the directing and management of technical programs, instructional and support staff, and facilities for fire and emergency response training.
  • Experience in the planning, design, and development of fire training facilities/academies.
  • Experience in curriculum development, accreditation, and certification of fire and emergency response training programs.
  • Experience as a Fire Officer and Fire Chief in managing and directing fire and emergency services.

Professional background

David E. Hedrick is the Director of the University of Missouri Extension's Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI). The Institute’s mission is the delivery of fire and emergency service training that will enable emergency responders to better protect lives and property within their communities.

Director Hedrick received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and a Certified Public Manager degree from Louisiana State University’s Governmental Services Institute. He received professional designations from the Commission on Professional Credentialing as both a Chief Fire Officer in 2003 and Chief Training Officer in 2012.

He has been involved in fire and emergency services for over 35 years, beginning his career as a Firefighter/EMT, and has served as a volunteer fire chief. He is the former Director of Fire Service Training with the Tennessee Fire & Codes Academy. Director Hedrick served as the Vice President of the North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD) from 2009 to 2013.