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Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute

Letter From the Director

The mission of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute is to provide accessible, comprehensive training and credentialing for fire and emergency response personnel to promote health and safety in Kansas communities.

On behalf of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI) at the University of Kansas, welcome! It is my pleasure as the Director to welcome you.

KFRTI was instituted in 1949 by Kansas legislation and housed on KU’s Lawrence campus. We are a “traveling instructional service,” bringing training to local jurisdictions across the State of Kansas so fire and emergency services personnel do not have to travel to receive training.

KFRTI plays an important role in workforce and economic development through fire and emergency services training.  Our funding is derived primarily from fire insurance premium levies. As a result, we provide training to Kansas fire and emergency services personnel at no cost.

We are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and The Pro Board, and we are the only entity in the State of Kansas with the authority to award 22 levels of National certification.

We have great leadership at KU and a great training team at KFRTI. We strive to listen to the State’s fire service, respond to needs, and deliver excellence in training and customer service. In a word, we aim to be responsible “stewards” of the resources we have been entrusted with.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you find our website useful in finding the information you need. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at kufire@ku.edu or 866-804-8841.


Kelly C. McCoy
Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute
University of Kansas


St. Andrews Office Facility
1515 Saint Andrews Drive
Lawrence , Kansas 66047-1619