IAFF Gets Grant to Study Open-University Proposal

Issue 11 and Volume 130.

IAFF Gets Grant to Study Open-University Proposal To give every member of the fire service an opportunity to obtain a college degree, the National Fire Academy has awarded to the International Association of Fire Fighters a two-year grant to investigate the open-university education concept. The grant project will identify the educational needs of fire service personnel and determine the feasibility of implementing an open learning system to meet those needs. Basically, consideration is being given to the needs of three major groups: members of fire departments in communities remote from educational institutions, graduates of community and junior colleges who wish to work toward a B.A. degree but do not have such programs available, and senior fire officers who experience difficulty in obtaining lengthy or frequent leaves of absence for educational purposes. According to David M. McCormack, superintendent of the National Fire Academy, “The need for education in the fire service…

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