State Farm this year awarded a $54,000 grant to the University of Missouri’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute (FRTI). The funds support vehicle firefighting and rescue/extrication classes for fire departments throughout Missouri and allows them to train at no cost.

Hannibal-area first responders attended the extrication training on Oct. 28-29 at the Marion County Ambulance District.

Ten more of these classes are scheduled for this fall across the state. To date, State Farm has donated $203,600 to MU FRTI, supporting more than 60 training classes. Grant funding comes from the State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants program, which supports initiatives in safety, education, and community development.