Southeast Community College,
through its Fire Protection Technology program, has been recognized as an
official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Institution by the United
States Fire Administration.
The FESHE recognition is an
acknowledgement that SCC has met the standards of excellence established by
FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy.
SCC’s program, which is taught on
the Lincoln Campus, is the only program in Nebraska to receive the recognition.
SCC’s program awards the Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate.
“The recognition assures students
that the Fire Protection courses they complete at SCC meet national fire and
emergency service course guidelines established by the National Fire Academy,”
said Terry Spoor, chair of SCC’s Fire Protection Technology program and Fire
and Emergency Services Management certificate. “By adopting these FESHE
courses, SCC has partnered with other community colleges nationwide to promote
the educational development of the nation’s fire and emergency service
personnel through a standardized fire service curricula.”
SCC’s program demonstrated a commitment to the nationally-recognized FESHE
model of standardized professional development education criteria by adopting
national model course outlines in fire behavior, building construction, fire
prevention, fire protection systems, and fire fighter safety. SCC joins 27
other community colleges in the U.S. which have attained the FESHE recognition.
More than a year ago the USFA
announced a new NFA program opportunity for educational institutions offering undergraduate fire science degree
programs. The effort was designed to offer national recognition to students
participating in the FESHE model core associate’s and bachelor’s degree courses.
The new FESHE recognition acknowledges the regionally accredited institutions
that promote the standardization of fire science course titles, descriptions and
outcomes across the nation.
“The NFA has consistently demonstrated a commitment to standardize fire
science degree programs,” said Ernest Mitchell, U.S. Fire Administrator. “Working
with FEMA and USFA partners in colleges and state fire training systems, the
USFA has an opportunity to support a universal system of professional
development for fire service personnel.”
To achieve this national recognition from the USFA, SCC and other regionally
accredited institutions provided a six-course model fire science curriculum in
their programs. In addition, regionally accredited institutions with the FESHE
designation also will be able to provide the participating students with a NFA
course Certificate of Completion for each course they complete. The
documentation of a student’s participation in the FESHE model core curriculum
will further recognize the graduate’s degree as one tied to a nationally-recognized
standard of education and achievement. This national approach to standardizing
fire science education will produce graduates well prepared to improve the
quality of fire and emergency services delivery throughout the nation.
“With our current NFA curriculum development and delivery and our continued
resolve to prepare the fire service for the future through training and
education, this FESHE effort moves the fire service another step closer to
providing the leadership and safety all citizens have come to expect of their
fire departments now and into the future,” said Dr. Denis Onieal, NFA
For more information about the FESHE program and the USFA’s continued
efforts to standardize professional development for the nation’s fire service,
visit the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov.
Persons interested in more information about SCC’s Fire Protection
Technology program are asked to contact Spoor at 402-437-2677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.