In the state of Minnesota, we require a law enforcement officer to have an associates degree in law enforcement at the very least to become a licensed officer.
We also require paramedics to be nationally registered and state licensed.
Both of these career tracks take a year or two of coursework to become licensed.
So my question is: "Why does the fire service not require an associates degree in fire science/protection to obtain a license?"
One would think we are all equal in skill, knowledge, professionalism, and education?