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    I will complete my Bachelors in Fire Science Management here in the next 2 months and will then be moving on to my Masters. However, I am at a crossroads and looking at 2 different programs. 1) Eastern Kentucky University's Master's in Emergency Management with a concentration in Fire Safety and 2.)Penn State University's Master's in Public Administration. My question is as I progress up the proverbial ladder of the fire service which of the 2 concentrations would serve me better.

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    Public admin

    You never know where life will take you

    Also do you see that many emg manager openings??!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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    • #3
      That's true never thought of that

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        I earned my Masters in Public Administration. As a Division Chief, I use the skills every day that I learned in my course work. My courses included Human Resource Management, Negotiating Dynamics, Budget, etc. I learned a great deal about the political process and how to get things accomplished.
        If you are interested in advancing (I am certain you are), you will be very glad you went this route. This is the same type of degree as the City Manager and other Department Heads.
        Paul Lepore
        Division Chief
        Aspiringfirefighters.com
        AspiringFireOfficers.com

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        • #5
          Im curious, Where are you attending to get a Fire Science B.S.?
          Last edited by TENNESSEE; 07-23-2014, 04:11 PM.

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            I finished my Bachelor's of Professional Studies in Fire Admin/Prevention at The University of Memphis, the same program through the NFA. I am also considering a Master's through Arkansas State University and their Public Admin route. Although Oklahoma State offers an Emergency Management in Fire Admin I think?? ASU is completely online as well.

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            • #8
              very useful info. my brother is going to be a graduate this year, and planning for masters. so we can go for ASU.
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              • #9
                I was hired at 20 years old and only had a handful of junior college units. The truth is I was on academic probation because I failed a bunch of classes. In my shortsided view, I could not see how English Composition, Psychology and Math were going to help me become a firefighter. How wrong I was!

                Once I got hired, I returned several times to school to meet with a counselor. I became frustrated when I learned I was even further away from a degree because they had added classes. Since I was not a continuing student, I was required to meet the current graduation standards. Out of frustration I left the office.

                Fast forward the clock to age 39. I was promoted to Battalion Chief on a major department. During my badge ceremny the Fire Chief made me promise to return to school and earn my degree. I told him that I would return to school and take the 9 classes for my AS degree. He pulled the badge back and told me that I was going to earn my Bachelors degree. I reluctantly agreed.

                So there I was as a probationary Batallion Chief for a major California department and I was sitting in English class with the rude 18 year old kid with his baseball cap on backward. Apparently he thought he was still in high school and felt it was ok to heckle the teacher. At the first break he and I and I had a nice little discussion about respect. Maybe it was a coincidence but I never saw him again.

                I continued on and finished my AA degree in just under 1.5 years. I then enrolled at California State Long Beach and earned my Bachelors degree. From there I continued on and earned my Master's degree in Public Administration. I chose this degree program because it is what most City and County Administrators have. I took classes such as negotiating dynamics, budgeting, human resource management. It was a really fun program and really applicable to my final position as a Division Chief. It also opened the door for the Fire Chief opening. In the end I chose not to take it. I hope I have answered your question. Honestly it was kind of fiun reliving that time in my life.
                Paul Lepore
                Division Chief
                www.aspiringfireofficers.com
                Paul Lepore
                Division Chief
                Aspiringfirefighters.com
                AspiringFireOfficers.com

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                  Fast forward the clock to age 39. I was promoted to Battalion Chief on a major department. During my badge ceremny the Fire Chief made me promise to return to school and earn my degree. I told him that I would return to school and take the 9 classes for my AS degree. He pulled the badge back and told me that I was going to earn my Bachelors degree. I reluctantly agreed.

                  So there I was as a probationary Batallion Chief for a major California department and I was sitting in English class with the rude 18 year old kid with his baseball cap on backward. Apparently he thought he was still in high school and felt it was ok to heckle the teacher. At the first break he and I and I had a nice little discussion about respect. Maybe it was a coincidence but I never saw him again.

                  Yes, this is still relevant!

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