KU Fire & Rescue Training Institute—Your Source for Free Training
Occasionally we get feedback that someone has said, "I didn't know I could get free training from KU." The short answer is "YES." You can even call us toll free at 866-804-8441, or e-mail or contact any staff member personally to schedule a class or for more information. Our general e-mail address is email@example.com.
This training is at no cost to the fire department, but it isn't actually free. The Institute pays the costs of training from funds we receive from the Legislature for training Kansas firefighters. The actual cost of delivering a training class ranges from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the class length, cost of expendables and transporting training props. The good news is that you don't have to worry about if you can afford to train—just worry about if you can afford NOT to train!
Listed below are the general requirements for hosting a class. They're pretty simple and easy to meet.
What training is free?
About 95% of the training we offer is free to members of Kansas fire departments. Non-Kansas fire department members are subject to fees. Check with the Institute about fees for anyone other than Kansas firefighters attending a class.
What training has fees?
We charge non-fire department members who attend or request courses. We also charge a small fee for Annual Fire School Seminars, Conferences, and special or unique courses. National Certification Testing has a small fee. The Fire Service Training Commission wants the funding we receive to be dedicated for training. The Certification Fee covers the direct costs of administering the certification process/exams. We also charge private companies who request that we train their employees. DON'T miss the big point—the majority of what we do for fire departments is FREE.
Number of students
We ask for a minimum of 15 students. If your department can't do that, we encourage you to invite neighboring departments. If you have trouble recruiting enough students, call us—we can help. Our purpose is to train firefighters and we do whatever it takes to make that happen.
An appropriate place is needed for training. If there are classroom materials to cover, we need a classroom. A "day room" in the station, a local school, even the apparatus moved out of the apparatus bays will work. If there are skills involved in the class, we need an appropriate place to perform them. We'll coach you through identification of appropriate facilities, so don't let the absence of dedicated training facilities stop you—we believe in "Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace." We'll work with you to make it happen.
We will bring any truly unique equipment that's needed, but we ask to use your equipment for the general training. We will do our best to prevent putting you "out of service" during the training session. When we discuss training with you, we will discuss the level of equipment support you can provide.
Time, day, date
We provide the training on a day and at a time that is convenient for you. We routinely provide training weekdays, evenings and weekends. If asked when we can provide the training, you will get a question in return—"when do you want it?" Then we make it happen for you!
Hosting a training prop
There are a few special requirements for hosting one of our mobile training props: