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    Default Second career in fire service and degree programs

    I have looked at a couple of recent threads on education, but they didn't quite go where I wanted in terms of answers....so I'll put this out there and see where it takes me.

    I am 40 years old, retired from the military and I would like to begin a second career in the fire service. Here is where I am right now: I have worked with the local volunteer fire service (I wanted to be sure it was what I wanted to do), have completed my 1403. I am 4 classes from completing FF 1&2 entirely. I have some college credits, mostly here and there that do not add up to much of anything (too busy trying to decide what to do with my life after the military).
    So now my current goal is to complete FF 1&2 so I can go full time with a department. I want to begin taking my Fire Science as well. My issue with this is WHERE I should take it. I want to do it online through a school that is ACCEPTED. What I mean is that I don't want to go through taking a degree program through a college online that won't be recognized. I have seen so many online schools advertised, I have no idea where to begin.
    I have done a quick Google search. I have Kaplan, Keiser, ColumbiaSouthern, APU, etc.
    At this point I am short on time, so I feel like I am trying to play catch-up with the younger guys at the firehouse. Any advice you folks can give me at this point would be valuable.
    Stay safe out there! Thanks in advance.
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    Fire school is a great place to start. As for the college I would suggest American Military University online program. It's part of APU and is regionally accredited which believe it or not is more important than nationally accredited. AMU was designed for military personnel and much of your military training has an assigned credit value for you already.Contact them for an evaluation. You may be farther along towards your degree than you thought. They do have a Fire Science program and give credit for Fire training.

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    LittleChick, check with Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh and Durham ans ee if you can get hired with either of them. Also you might want to check with some SC, TN and VA dept's as well.

    Good luck lady!
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    So is your question where to take classes or where to apply?????

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    I was looking for school input for my degree program. I have been working for my volunteer station now for almost two years and have almost everything completed for FF 1 & 2. I want to work on a degree program that would be accepted at most full time departments.

    Thanks for the input. I am looking at AMU right now.

    Stay safe out there!

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    Well they will accept a PHD in basket weaving


    If you want to be a chief one day than management, business, pub admin, accounting


    Suggest you get something that can be used as a second job or if ff does not work out for what ever reason

    Suggest you get what ever certs you need to just submit an application , first

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    Need to work backwards:

    A) Identify the entry requirements of the "dream" department - some may only require a high school diploma.

    Many east coast departments will require you to complete a recruit school once you are hired, disregarding all of the work you have accomplished as a volunteer.


    B) Consider attending a college program that has regional academic accreditation. If you are going to do the work, might as well get the maximim value of your efforts.

    Go HERE to see if the school has regional accrediotation:
    http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp

    UNC Charlotte has started an online program:
    http://distanceed.uncc.edu/programs/fset/Default.aspx

    Lake Superior State University
    http://www.lssu.edu/programsofstudy/firescience/

    American Military University/American Public University
    http://www.amu.apus.edu/lp/fire-scie...Fire%20Science

    The original "Degrees-at-a-Distance" program - seven colleges/universities
    http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/nfa/higher_e...feshe_ddp.shtm

    Keiser and Kaplan have regional academic accreditation


    Go here for more information:
    http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/nfa/higher_e..._bachelor.shtm

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    UNCC and Fayetteville State both have 4yr degree programs. I would start with one of the local community colleges to get a 2 year degree and then transfer into UNCC or Fayetteville State.

    http://www.durhamtech.edu/html/prosp...fstudy/fip.htm
    http://www.ncfma.com/college_degree_programs

    I know CPCC and Durham Tech offer a 2yr degree in Fire Protection but they are not listed on NCFMA website. A lot NC's community colleges offer Fire Protection programs.

    You can do all of this online. I would go with the 2yr program then transfer to the 4 yr because it is a lot cheaper.

    Another thougth, you could get hire by Charlotte Fire Dept and they would pay 100% of tuition and books to Central Piedmont Community College and UNCC.

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