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Professional Status: The Future of Fire Service Training and Education

PART ONE: INTRODUCTIONBy Dr. Denis Onieal, superintendent, National Fire AcademyPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart VThis is the first in a series of articles about professional status for the fire and emergency services through a common system of training and education.In his 1994 master's degree thesis, Chief Ronny Coleman quoted Sir Eyre Massey-Shaw, the fire chief of the London Fire Brigade in 1873. When speaking of the people in the fire service 130 years ago, he said, "...that the business [fire], if properly studied and understood, is worth being regarded as a profession."1Think about this: You are the fire chief in your community, and your son or daughter expresses a desire to become a ph...

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