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February 10, 2020

5 Emerging Trends in the Fire Service in 2020

Several trends are emerging in the fire service that have the potential to transform the industry for generations to come. Although these trends have been gaining steam for a few years now, the repercussions of these changes are beginning to show up in the day-to-day operations of fire stations. These five trends cover training strategies, daily operations for firefighters, and leadership in the fire service. From implementing new technologies to supporting the physical and mental well-being of firefighters, here are some of the trends we’ll be watching closely in the coming year.

November 6, 2019

Beyond the Firehouse: Career Options With a Fire Science Degree

Although the idea of a career in fire science equals becoming a firefighter for many of us, the field of fire science extends well beyond the local firehouse. Earning a degree in fire science prepares you for a wide variety of opportunities in multiple industries, whether you have experience fighting fires or not. If you are wondering how versatile your fire science degree will be, and how it translates to different careers, check out some of these options.

October 21, 2019

Benefits of Using FESHE Curriculum in Fire Education

Nearly a decade ago, the National Fire Academy, in conjunction with FEMA and individual fire training programs, developed the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition program to streamline fire education programs and create a standardized, consistent curriculum for fire science and related degrees. Today, more than 50 colleges and universities nationwide, including Columbia Southern University, are FESHE recognized, having adopted the model curricula for associate and bachelor’s level degrees.

September 6, 2019

Building Professionalism in Your Volunteer Fire Department [Webinar]

Approximately 65% of America's firefighters are volunteers, and 91% of fire departments are partially or completely volunteer-based. Even so, the number of volunteer firefighters in the U.S. reached a low in 2019. One method for addressing this issue is by promoting professionalism within volunteer fire departments. Professionalism benefits department reputation, promotes security among the crew and attracts new recruits.

August 26, 2019

Firefighter Mental Health Resources

Like most emergency responders, firefighters are expected to be calm, level-headed and able to face even the most challenging situations with courage. Unfortunately, the culture of the fire service is often one where those expectations extend beyond the emergency and into the firehouse. Many studies have revealed the inescapable conclusion that mental health resources need to be a bigger priority among fire service leaders.

June 7, 2019

Pioneering Missouri Female Firefighter Earns National Scholarship

In recognition of her dedication and pioneering spirit, firefighter Dana Osborne of Nixa, Missouri, was recently awarded a scholarship to pursue a degree from Columbia Southern University. In a challenge to push herself, she decided to try to inspire others in the fire service to maintain their cardiac health by running in full turnout gear in the Hennepin Hundred trail race in Illinois last year. Her goal was to bring awareness and help reduce the leading cause of firefighter deaths, sudden cardiac arrest.

May 20, 2019

Hurricane Preparedness: How Fire Departments Prepare for the Worst

The words “hurricane prep” often bring to mind visions of boarded-up windows, grocery store aisles cleared of bread and milk, and reminders to bring in loose items and head to the nearest shelter. But what about the people who are charged with responding to calls for help and helping manage public safety? What does it take for a fire department to get ready for a major storm?

February 26, 2019

How to Spark Interest in Community Fire Prevention [Webinar]

Every year, fire departments work to educate the public about fire hazards, precautions, emergency methods, escape routes, smoke alarm safety and more; however, it can be difficult to find time, resources and methods to help citizens implement these strategies. Join Columbia Southern University for “How to Spark Interest in Community Fire Prevention,” a webinar discussion and Q&A session with CSU Fire and EMS Advisory Board member Gary Ludwig.

January 17, 2019

CSU, NVFC Mark 10 Years of Scholarship Awards

Columbia Southern University (CSU) and the National Volunteer Fire Council began a partnership 10 years ago to provide educational benefits to fire and emergency service personnel. In addition to a discount to CSU for NVFC members and their families, each year two NVFC members are awarded a scholarship to attend CSU. Since 2009, this scholarship has helped many NVFC members launch their careers and further their position in the fire and emergency services. 

December 11, 2018

Fire Chief and Alumnus Robert Jackson Awarded VFW Gold Medal

Robert Jackson is passionate about fire service and being a first responder. Twenty years ago, he was beginning his career as a green firefighter; he has since served as fire chief for the City of Daleville, Alabama, and today works as a firefighter EMT and hazmat technician at Ft. Rucker Fire and Emergency Services. He also works with local emergency management as a disaster volunteer coordinator. Because of his passion and strides in the industry, as well as his dedication to honoring veterans, Jackson was awarded the Emergency Services Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Firefighter of the Year through the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Alabama.

October 30, 2018

St. John's David Milen Named Distinguished Faculty of the Year

Columbia Southern University recently honored emergency management lead faculty David Milen, Ph.D., as the 2018 recipient of its Robert G. Mayes, Sr. Distinguished Faculty Award. Milen of St. John, Indiana, was recognized for his outstanding achievements and contributions in aiding the university in its mission to change lives through education.

September 14, 2018

Addressing Firefighter Health and Wellness [Webinar]

Firefighting is a dangerous and rigorous profession that can take a toll on the body and on the mind. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sudden cardiac death was the leading cause of on-duty firefighter deaths in 2015. In 2017, sudden cardiac death accounted for nearly half of the 60 fatalities.

September 10, 2018

Ironwoman Diana Woolf Races for PTSD Awareness

In April 2018, Diana Woolf, a 47-year-old fire service veteran from Highland Hills, Ohio and graduate of Columbia Southern University, competed in an Ironman triathlon dressed in full turnout gear, something no woman has ever done before her. Her reason? To raise awareness and funding to help firefighters cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies have found that anywhere between approximately 7 percent and 37 percent of the nation’s more than one million firefighters meet the criteria for a current diagnosis of PTSD.

July 30, 2018

A Future in Paramedicine [Webinar]

The rapidly evolving field of mobile integrated health care, or community paramedicine, has become a hot topic among those in EMS in and fire service. The system of services is meant to address key issues such as the rising fees of ambulance transport, labor shortages in EMS and health care costs; and it is changing the way health care is administered and delivered in many cities. Join Columbia Southern University for "A Future in Paramedicine," a webinar discussion and Q&A session.

July 17, 2018

Firefighter and Mother of Three LaShawndra Roberts Pursues Degree with CSU Fire Scholarship

LaShawndra Roberts, a firefighter and EMT at Clayton County (Georgia) Fire & Emergency Services, is the recipient of the 2018 CSU Fire Scholarship. For Roberts, the scholarship is a welcomed way to accomplish her goal of earning a bachelor's degree in fire administration.
 

June 28, 2018

Alumni Stories: Firefighter Turned Risk Control Specialist Shares Passion for Safety

When you find your passion, it can be a beautiful thing. Take David Combs, a risk control specialist with a Pensacola, Florida, insurance company. He’s a man who is doing what he likes and helping to protect lives in the process—something he has done since his days as a firefighter.

May 3, 2018

Military Spotlight: Knight Pens Book on Military Leadership

Daryl Hogan is first sergeant in the US Air Force, currently living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing his bachelor’s degree in fire science and his master’s in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University, Daryl says, “My education at CSU definitely provided the foundation that helped propel me to the top of the enlisted structure in the military, the top 1%.”

March 20, 2018

CSU Knight and Fire Captain Vincent Harris Awarded $3.7 Million Federal Grant for Henry County Fire Department

After earning his associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from CSU and an additional associate and bachelor’s degree from Waldorf University, Vincent Harris knew he needed to put his education to good use. After climbing the ranks at the Henry County Fire Department in Georgia, where he now serves as captain, he decided to learn how to write grants.

March 7, 2018

Making Social Media Work for First Responders [Webinar]

Social media is more and more becoming an indispensable channel in emergency management communications, as EMS and emergency management personnel are using various channels to reach their communities before, during and after disasters. First responders are also turning to social media to gather valuable insight from citizens on the ground via eyewitness video, photos and postings.

February 26, 2018

Helmet Is One of Many Hats for Nina Taylor: Mother, Fire Officer, Teacher and Businesswoman

Nina Taylor wears many hats. One of those hats is a firefighter’s helmet at Station 14 of the Birmingham (Alabama) Fire & Rescue Service Department. As a lieutenant and 15-year veteran of the department, Taylor relishes helping the citizens of Birmingham and her fellow firefighters.

January 29, 2018

Alumni Stories: Mobile, Ala., Fire Chief Embraces Role as Protector

Some jobs are just filled with unpredictable days. Just ask fire Chief Mark Sealy. Sealy has been with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department for 26 years. During that time, he and his fellow firefighters have witnessed many exciting challenges to their work.

January 23, 2018

Air Force Instructor to Complete Sixth College Degree at Age 60

When Hugh Poe retired from the Air Force in 2006, the last thing he saw himself doing was going back to school. Hugh earned his first degree in 1978, an associate in business, followed by two additional associate degrees in 2005—one in fire science and the other in technology. When he retired from the Air Force, Hugh was 46 years old, married with children and continuing a great career as a firefighter instructor for the U.S. Air Force.

January 16, 2018

We Asked Top Fire Alums to Share Their Best Rookie Advice: Here’s What They Said

Starting a new job can be daunting for anyone. Learning rules, regulations, station procedures and policies can be quite a challenge for a newbie. To help rookie firefighters and officers, Columbia Southern University reached out to several fire officer graduates to get their tips for success. Here are a few of our favorites.
 
 

November 8, 2017

2017 NVFC Scholarships Awarded to Stephanie Humberd and John Sullivan

The National Volunteer Fire Council and Columbia Southern University are pleased to award NVFC members Stephanie Humberd and John Sullivan with the 2017 National Volunteer Fire Council Scholarship.

November 7, 2017

5 Characteristics of First Responders

In times of chaos and every day on the job, first responders are heroes who keep our communities safe, calm and protected from harm. Being a first responder takes a special kind of person. Here are five characteristics we see in the firefighters, police officers, emergency managers and EMS professionals that we have the honor of educating every day at Columbia Southern University.

August 9, 2017

4 Continuing Education Courses in Fire Science

Have you ever considered taking continuing education courses? If you’re a firefighter seeking to advance your career, these four continuing education courses will help you progress to the next level.
 

July 25, 2017

What Safety & Emergency Services Career Field Should You Pick? [Flowchart]

With so many career opportunities in the safety and emergency services industries, it may be hard to narrow down the options. This flow chart will help you decide the best career for you based on your wants and needs.