Fire EMS, Firefighting, Volunteer Fire Service

December 2014

Issue 12 and Volume 167.

Education adds to the professional A recent post on the Internet sparked a long and inconclusive debate on the topic of the fire service and education. The key comment was, “A degree doesn’t put out fire.” I read more than 90 comments on the topic from firefighters of all ranks. Some comments supported education; some did not. The question was whether extra points should be awarded in the promotional process if the candidate has a degree. I am passionate about the subject but refrained from joining in the bottomless arena of disagreement. It is understandable that there is disagreement, but some of the comments tended to be overboard and malicious. Why the passion? What is the answer to this question? I am a 13-year rookie of the fire service and a lieutenant in a small suburban department outside of Atlanta. I started my career as a firefighter with a GED…

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