posted September 6, 2019
According to a National Fire Protection Association 2017 report, 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, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council.
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.
Columbia Southern University invites you to join “Building Professionalism in Your Volunteer Fire Department,” a webinar hosted by former fire Chief Tom Merrill. The 37-year fire veteran will discuss the importance of professionalism and its role in developing leaders in the volunteer fire department. “Building Professionalism in Your Volunteer Fire Department” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at 1 p.m. CST. A live Q&A session, hosted by Merrill, will immediately follow the presentation.
CSU is the leader in fire education, offering programs recognized by Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education through the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy. CSU offers an associate degree in fire science and a bachelor’s degree in fire administration.
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