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ALL TOPICS TAGGED: public service

March 19, 2020

The Importance of Public Service

The term “public service” brings to mind government agencies, first responders putting their lives on the line, nurses administering vaccines at the community health clinic, and more. Public service encompasses all of these facets and then some. In this article, we explore the importance of public service and lay out four reasons why you may want to serve your community in your career.

August 19, 2019

Emergency Management: Career Outlook and Job Opportunities

Emergencies are unavoidable. Government entities, nonprofit organizations and private companies can all work to prevent emergencies in their respective industries, but a certain percentage will happen no matter what preventative measures are taken. Emergency management directors perform a critical function, protecting their employers and their communities before, during and after natural disasters and other dangerous and unexpected events. In this article, we explore emergency management careers and discuss how to enter the field.

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.

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.

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.

November 29, 2017

Bridging the Gap: Dan Hughes Steps Up To Safety

In 2017, when Parsons Corporation began the application process for the team of employees they would be taking to the country of Panama to sponsor a bridge-building project, Dan Hughes became interested. He has worked in emergency response and safety throughout his career and has always been interested in humanitarian work.
 

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.

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.