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. David joined the Institute as Director in January 2007.
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 has been involved in fire and emergency services for over 30 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, and a former Assistant Director with the LSU Fireman Training Program.
During his career David has been the recipient of various fire and emergency service awards. Through continuing professional development, David received his designation as a Chief Fire Officer in 2003 and Chief Training Officer in 2012 from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He has been a speaker and lecturer at state and national fire service conferences. He is also a published author of various articles and materials related to the fire service and training.
Director Hedrick served as the Vice President of the North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD) from 2009 to 2013. The NAFTD is an international organization that promotes the common interests of providing quality fire training and education for firefighters, and is comprised of State Fire Training Directors of each of the fifty states and all Canadian provinces and territories.