Years bygone, you could join the ranks of the fire service as a young recruit and progress up the chain of command over a 20- to 30-year career simply by doing a good job and learning on the job. Fire service certifications were gained through training and experience, and played a major role in...
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Jeffrey A. Cantor, Ph.D., is the dean of Extended Studies & Workforce Education for Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. He is also the program coordinator for the Fire Technology and Emergency Management Associates Degree Program at the college. Dr. Cantor oversees a Public Safety Academy at Norwalk Community College, preparing fire, police, emergency medical services and emergency management personnel for southwestern Connecticut. Dr. Cantor has been an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy since the mid-1980s and a curriculum developer for NFA, USFA and EMI. He is also an appointed commissioner of the State of Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.