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  • ffexpCP
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    Way to go firechick76! I’m at LSSU too.

    I am working on my Fire science BS with a focus on protection system engineering. I can’t decide if I want to be a full time FF or do design work and volunteer.

    Here’s a list of what is needed for the different Fire science degrees:

    http://lssu.edu/academics/arts_lette...e/default.html

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  • FFDigger
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    Check out Eastern Kentucky University. www.eku.edu I recieved my BS in Fire and Saftery Engineering Technology. Great classes and professors. You can focus your study on Fire Admin, Arson, Safety and Engineering.

    Digger

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  • MrFreeze
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    AWWWW YEAH!

    You're singing my song now Diane!
    As cool as building stuff is, breaking stuff is even cooler!
    Breaking stuff while it's burning, sweet!

    Who am I kidding.............I actually think I have a choice!

    Where is a ME forum so I can get some unbiased feedback?

    In unrelated news, are you married? Smart women with LI accents, mmmmmm

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  • DianeC
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    Freeze -- how about testing, breaking, and burning stuff? UL (Underwriter's Laboratories) would be the place for that. They have main testing facilities -- Camas, WA, Santa Clara, CA, Northbrook, IL (where the big fire testing is done), Melville, NY, Research Triangle Park, NC and the rest of the world. Plus, they have field offices all over.

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  • MrFreeze
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    ahhhhh, enlightenment

    Freeze looks at degree sheet, digests it like so much fiber, then realizes: A dilemma is only that when a choice MUST be made.
    Freeze sees that in fact FPST and MET are so intertwined a double major or minor is possible.
    Freeze, although still somewhat perplexed by the whole ordeal, can now move on to more substantial dilemmas, like where the **** he is going to get the coin to pay for all this! VA only covers so much.....

    Freeze then realizes he hates it when people talk in the third person and kicks his own ***............................

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  • MrFreeze
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    ahhh, serendipity

    I got on here tonight to post something very similar to this whole thread.

    I went to the local university where I live, Oklahoma State, today to enroll for fall. Yeah, it's a little late to be doing that, but I digress.......I can't make up my mind whether to major in Fire Protection & Safety Tech., which is about 1/2 safety/industrial hygiene stuff (which I wouldn't like) or Mech. Engineering Tech, which is largely unrelated to the fire service and might serve to diversify my knowledge. Plus I like building stuff.

    Going to OSU as a firefighter and someone who loves this job AND NOT taking FPST is prolly silly. But I don't want to design sprinkler systems. I don't want to work in a factory and run the safety program. What else do Fire Protection Engineers do? Arson Invest.? Liasion for architects? Somebody school me.........

    FPST would offer mobility, and a 100% job placement rate.

    I think MET would be cool because I like machines. And learning how run a CNC mill would be neato.

    But I almost already feel "boxed in". I haven't done anything else of substance but the fire service. Like ullrich said, the path may change. I know it will for sure when I retire. Can't always hump hose or raise ladders.

    ullrich, mine will be: I sure didn't set out to be an engineer (technologist, as it were) when I got that fire protection degree. I just got lucky.

    Maybe I'll just go to warrant officer school and learn how to fly helicopters....................................... .........
    Last edited by MrFreeze; 07-10-2003, 07:47 PM.

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  • ullrichk
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    My first B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Tennessee - all the required stuff and Army ROTC. No time for fun and games. Lotsa math, materials, and design.

    Second time around, a B.S. in Fire Administration through the University of Memphis and the USFA (Open Learning Fire Service Program or Degrees at a Distance, depending on when you started). I had the option of a concentration in Fire Prevention, but opted the management route instead. (I'm going to go back and pick up those fire prevention classes since they will qualify for Fire Inspector recerification) Also lots of warm-and-fuzzy stuff as prerequisites for an M.B.A. (since engineers typically weren't required to take all those literature and history courses)

    Then an M.B.A. from the University of Tennesee - strictly by the book. No electives here.

    If you're in the fire service as a career, fire science is fine, but if you aren't in yet (or you think your life may take you down a different road) take something more general - like Public Administration. Management is good, too, as a graduate degree. It's better to have some technical knowledge base before you worry about management. (I'm not talking technical as in engineering, but psycology, engineering, criminal justice, or some other field related to your line of work.)

    And don't underestimate the possibility of your life leading you in a different direction - I sure didn't set out to be a firefighter when I got that engineering degree. I just got lucky.

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  • DaSharkie
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    Both Associate's from Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester and the Bachelor's from Anna Maria College in Paxton (Right next to Worcester.)

    As for my day,

    Well, I rolled my fat, lazy, butt out of bed about 8:15, Ate breakfeast, went to the bathroom, did all of my online stuff, ah, I need to get a life, I'm not going to just sit here and type.

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  • DianeC
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    Thanks firechick.

    To add to it --
    CJ is criminal justice
    Stats is statistics (7.5 years total of school and only three math classes -- and they were all statistics)
    Chem is Chemistry (I had regular chem, chem of haz-mats, and chem of fire)
    Poli Sci is political science

    The best part of my "education" was interning twice for the Congressional Fire Services Institute in DC, which is what got me interested in politics (my MA is Political Science/Public Policy). I figured with the variety of degrees, I could eventually get myself a job in Washington, DC. The public safety company I work for has a Gov't Relations Office in DC, so that's helpful.

    Plus, we all know there's politics in the fire service.

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  • firechick76
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    I live in the Upper Peninsula (not the mitten part) of Michigan. I am going to Lake Superior State University for my Fire Science degree and Paramedic Stuff too. I love it! :

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  • WannabeintheFD
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    lol yea for school... actually now that i think of it i need a detaled analysis of what you are going to do today, include snacking times and bathroom trips. dont forget to write down the # on ur odometer before and after each trip.

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  • DaSharkie
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    What do you mean, where am I going? Not quite sure I know what you are asking, where am I going to school now, or where do I want to go?

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  • WannabeintheFD
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    DaSharkie
    where are you going.. or anyone else for that matter?

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  • DaSharkie
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    I took courses in building construction, arson investigation, hydraulics, forest firefighting (AWESOME CLASS), intro to fire protection, fire prevention, EMT, Tactics and Strategies, and a few other assorted courses and CLEP's all of the general requirement courses. This was for my A.S. in Fire Science.

    For my B.S. in Fire Science:
    Emergency planning, Incident Command, Fire Service Law and Ethics, Public Relations for the Fire Service, Personnel Administration, Contemporary Issues in the Fire Service, Public Education adn Community Relations, Interpersonal Communications, Leadership and Executive Development, Ethics, Religion, Multiculturalism, Internet Web Design and Research (AWESOME CLASS) and a few other general requirements.

    For my A.S. in Paramedic Technology:
    All of the reuired Paramedic courses, A&P I, A&P II, Bioethics, Speechmaking (AWESOME CLASS), Intro to Psychology, and a basic computer operating course.

    I am currently completing prerequisites for attending Physician Assistant school (Please God I really, really want to go) so I have taken Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Statistics (UGH), and have to take a few more courses in the Fall.

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  • Jedimike007
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    -Associate of Arts and Bible
    -In about a 1 1/2yrs I'll finish a Bachelors in Law Enforcement w/ minor in Chemistry

    Then I'm looking at getting a degree through the USFA in fire science. http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fire-service/nfa-high.shtm

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