Firefighting

College education helps in a changing fire service

Issue 7 and Volume 148.

College education helps in a changing fire service Jeffrey W. Gruna Captain Greenfield (WI) Fire Department I agree with most of what was said in “Miscellaneous Fictions” (Editor`s Opinion, March 1995). However, I think a false picture was presented by denying the fact that the fire service needs more college-educated firefighters. Successful forward-thinking leaders must tap this resource of properly educated individuals. It is much easier to train an individual who has the cognitive abilities to understand the complexities of firefighting before starting on the job. In general, I believe college-educated firefighters understand concepts better than noneducated individuals; their intellectual process is better defined. In most fire departments, real experience comes slowly; and trial and error is the least effective way to learn. Too often, it becomes difficult to survive the learning process. The core of the fire service is changing. Municipal funding cutbacks have placed greater demands on the…

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