It has been my privilege to be in the forefront of a number of different educational efforts over the years within the fire service that have long held up the goal of professionalizing our field of endeavor as its primary goal. Many have been the battles with people who never could see the need...
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In addition, our program will be looking to provide challenging research opportunities for our learners. My professional associates and I have long discussed the fact that a great deal of what we do in the fire service is based upon an analysis of anecdotal reflections on how the fire service has developed. We have shared the view that we need to create research into the "how-to" aspects of fire department operations.
It is with these thoughts in mind that I began working with the Capella University development staff to create a doctoral concentration that will address this need. The concentration in fire service administration was approved by the university curriculum committee in October 2009. The courses will be in place by March 2010. This would allow the concentration to be available for the second quarter of the 2010 academic year, which begins in April.
Let me share a secret with you. Truth be told, I have long nurtured a dream. That dream involves the creation of an online doctoral program at an accredited university. It was something that I would have loved to have been able to pursue as a young fire officer on the way up through the ranks. My affiliation with Capella is allowing me to make a beginning toward fulfilling that dream.
Education is a critical element within the success that each of us wants to experience in life. This is an opportunity for those of you who wish to broaden themselves into the challenging world of academic rigor, the opportunities to broaden and deepen your knowledge in the world of public safety leadership and emergency management. For further information about the new program, see www.capella.edu.
DR. HARRY R. CARTER, PH.D., CFO, MIFireE, is a Firehouse® contributing editor. A municipal fire protection consultant based in Adelphia, NJ, he is the former president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Dr. Carter is a past chief and active life member of the Adelphia Fire Company. Currently chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for Howell Township District 2, he retired from the Newark, NJ, Fire Department in 1999 as a battalion commander. He also served as chief of training and commander of the Hazardous Materials Response Team. Dr. Carter is vice president of the American Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). He published Living My Dream: Dr. Harry Carter's 2006 FIRE Act Road Trip. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.