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    Question College/University FF's info.

    I am looking for any information on colleges or universities who have students as firefighters or first responders? I will take any information, just a name or location, I will do the leg work.
    Thanks for your help.

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    Ithaca, NY has a bunk-in program for college students. Check out Worcester Polytech. as well.

    There are probably others, but those are the only two I can think of off the top of my head.
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    The University of the South/Sewanee does. Here is a link to their website:
    http://www.sewanee.edu/
    A friend of mine who attended Smoke Divers with me last summer is a student there. He really liked the place. I think they have two dedicated resident halls for firefighter/EMS students.

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    The University of New Haven www.newhaven.edu had students living in West Haven and Allingtown FD's while I was there in the mid-90's.....

    The University of Maryland at College Park has students living at the College Park Station http://www.cpvfd.org/index.php and Hyattsville http://hvfd.com/join/ (deadline for Fall '04 is April 24, 2004). There are others in the CP area that house students, as well....
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    Auburn University has a student firefighter program .

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    Originally posted by DianeC

    The University of Maryland at College Park has students living at the College Park Station http://www.cpvfd.org/index.php and Hyattsville http://hvfd.com/join/ (deadline for Fall '04 is April 24, 2004). There are others in the CP area that house students, as well....
    Branchville is one of them: http://www.bvfco11.com/

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    Exclamation Check out Fire Protection Engineering

    The University of Maryland at College Park has students living at the College Park Station http://www.cpvfd.org/index.php and Hyattsville http://hvfd.com/join/ (deadline for Fall '04 is April 24, 2004). There are others in the CP area that house students, as well....
    Mallard,
    You didn't specify what you intend to study, but, while you are looking around, you owe it to yourself to check out Fire Protection Engineering as a possible major - University of Maryland has a great program (of course, I'm biased because I'm a graduate of that program), and there are now a number of other colleges in the nation that offer degrees in Fire Protection Engineering.

    U. of Md. Fire Protection Engineering's web page is here:U of M Fire Protection Engineering

    good luck in your quest!

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    I well say this for Maryland,they have a pretty campus. But, i dont know weither they have different dorms for the fire program students, there regular dorms sucked though. *Waves his Tortise poster around*

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    St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont has a student fire brigade. It runs as an affiliate of the local FD. Their ambulance runs as the primary in several area towns. The college is a liberal arts college- it doesn't have a fire service curriculum, but a lot of the students go on to become full time FF's after graduation.
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    Scratchy, which UMD dorm did you live in? I was in
    (s)Cumberland for two years in the late 80s.

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    I well say this for Maryland,they have a pretty campus. But, i dont know weither they have different dorms for the fire program students, there regular dorms sucked though. *Waves his Tortise poster around*
    The firehouse is across the street from the Uni. (bus transportation is available) and about 12 - 13 years old -- a very nice place. There are two separate wings on the second floor -- one for "resident" students (two rooms -- max of 2 people in each room -- share one bathroom) and the other for the paid and sleep-in crews. Everyone shares the big kitchen and gets their own cabinet for food and fridge/freezer space. At least that's the way it was in 96 and 97 when I stayed there while interning in DC.

    Since I'm plugging UMD and didn't even go there, I'm plugging UNH now:

    http://www.newhaven.edu/psps/firescience.html

    http://www.newhaven.edu/psps/index.html

    They have a new Masters of Science in National Security degree:

    http://www.newhaven.edu/psps/nationalsecurity.html
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    The University of Maryland at College Park has many programs where student FF's can live in firehouses or just volunteer while living in student housing. The school is right on the border of Prince George's and Montgomery counties and there are many firehouses nearby. The College Park station is literally across the street from campus and closer to some classes than some on campus dorms. Other close houses are Hyatsville, Beltsville, Chillum-Adelphi, and lots more. I'd reccomend checking it out. We also have the only undergrad Fire Protection Engineering Program in the country. e-mail me if you have more questions.

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    Question Interesting.....

    We also have the only undergrad Fire Protection Engineering Program in the country.
    http://www.newhaven.edu/psps/firescience.html#fpe

    B.S., Fire Protection Engineering
    Coordinator: Nelson Dunston, M.S.
    The role of a fire protection engineer is to safeguard life and property from the devastating effects of fire and explosions by applying sound, multidisciplined engineering principles to the fire protection problem. Through a combination of engineering and fire science courses, students learn how to design, construct and install fire protection systems which prevent or minimize potential losses from fire, water, smoke or explosions.

    Graduates of the Fire Protection Engineering program will be qualified to design, evaluate or test systems responsible for the reduction of fire losses. They will also be prepared to analyze the fire protection defenses of various structures and operations, and recommend cost effective methods of improving the level of protection that is provided.

    Careers in this field may be in the private or public sector. Government, insurance, industry, manufacturers and consultants are prospective employers of fire protection engineers.
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    Clemson University has its own FD as well. As for degree programs I dont believe they offer any FD related degrees.

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    Default WPI FPE Program

    WPI offer a Fire Protection Engineering Master's Program. Many students entering this field complete this degree as part of a five year degree in which you can attain a bachelor's in an engineering field (i.e. mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical) then finish with a masters in FPE. For more info, see below:

    http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/Fire/

    The neighboring town to the south of Worcester offers a live-in student firefighter program. In exchange for firefighting services, students are allowed to stay rent free (prior firefighting experience is required). See link below for information regarding the Town of Auburn's program:

    http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/Fire/WAFD/

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    Branchville is one of them: http://www.bvfco11.com/
    If you want to look around, www.gdvfd18.com www.wlhvfd.com are two more near the U of Md. Nobody mentioned it, but the U. of Md. is in Prince Georges County, which is the busiest department of it's kind in the world. Most of the websites mentioned here have extensive links to other VFDs in the Washington/Baltimoe area. Lots of students have joined a VFD here, lived at the station, gotten a degree, and stayed in the area to work.
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    There are a few. This one has career and student
    Firefighters-

    http://fire.ucdavis.edu/

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    http://www.newhaven.edu/psps/firescience.html#fpe

    B.S., Fire Protection Engineering
    Coordinator: Nelson Dunston, M.S.
    The role of a fire protection engineer is to safeguard life and property from the devastating effects of fire and explosions by applying sound, multidisciplined engineering principles to the fire protection problem. Through a combination of engineering and fire science courses, students learn how to design, construct and install fire protection systems which prevent or minimize potential losses from fire, water, smoke or explosions.

    Regarding the Univ. of New Haven Fire Protection Engineering program vs. Maryland as undergrad FPE programs, I would be cautious regarding the New Haven program. To my knowledge, New Haven's program is not EAC-ABET accredited at this time. Maryland's FPE program has been accredited since 1976 I believe. Accreditation is a pretty big deal, particularly with regard to obtaining your Professional Engineering license. It is not that it can't be done without a BS from an ABET program, but it will likely take longer and there a probably a few states that might not recognize a non-ABET engineering degree. Also, there is a push to tighten up PE licensure which may create more difficulty for non-ABET degree holders to get the PE. I hope that New Haven is pursing accreditation, I think it would be great to have a 2nd undergrad ABET-FPE program. Also, don't forget Oklahoma State Univ. Fire Protecton Engineering Technology program (TAC-ABET accredited) - excellent program.

    Also, I would recommend a couple other options if someone is looking to go the engineering route. Obtain your engineering BS in Mechanical (or possibly Civil) and then pursue an MS in FPE through WPI or Maryland. There are a lot of benefits to this approach. First, it can be much less expensive. Get your engineering BS at your state university for much, much less than Maryland or WPI would cost as an out-of-stater. You could even cut this cost even lower by possibly attending a local community college and getting an AS in Engineering Science and then transferring to your state university for the BS. You also then have a Mechanical or Civil engineering degree that can be applied to a much wider range of employment opportunties than a straight FPE degree- gives you more career and employment opportunties. After the engineering BS, pursue a MS in FPE through Wpi or Maryland. This way you only pay the high-end $$ to Maryland or WPI for actual FPE courses - why pay private WPI tuition or out-of-state Maryland tuition for liberal arts required courses or math, physics courses which are available at lower costs through your state university and in many cases are of the same or better quality. You can also obtain the WPI or Maryland MS in FPE in a distance format and never have to relocate to Maryland or Massachusetts. In the end, you have a versatile civil or mechanical ABET BS engineering and your MS in FPE. The MS amy also set you up a bit ahead of BS only candidates.

    Just some thoughts.

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    As far as an FPE degree goes (if that is what you are interested in) you are pretty much guarenteed a job upon graduation. There is such a short supply of FPEs around that you could probably find a job in just about any part of the country without much of a problem.

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    Regarding New Haven's Fire Protection Engineering program, it is not ABET accredited. The program director (who is a Maryland grad) is trying get UNH's program accredited. They also have other majors in Fire Administration, Fire/Arson Invesitgation, and Fire Technology. I'm currently a full-time student at UNH majoring in Fire Protection Engineering, but Im looking at going to either Maryland's program or into an Occupational Safety & Environment Health program back in my home state of Pennsylvania.

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