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    For all of you new englanders looking for somewheres cheap...try New Hampshire Technical College of Laconia (NH). They're rated 2nd in the nation for fire science schools. (Known fact). Many graduates have gotten jobs all over the country (LA, Boston, Denver, Charlotte, Chicago, NYC, and lots more). It's a 2 year program (associate's degree) and it's only a little under $4000 a year.
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    woohoo! i just got accepted there last week!
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    Thumbs up And a bonus...

    And up to 4 lucky students in the FS programs at NHTCL get to live in a Laconia Fire House gaining valuable firefighting, EMS and "firehouse lifestyle" experience!THe four we have now are awesome but 3 are seniors and will be moving along next year. Anyone interested contact the city personnel office to request a call firefighter/ live in student application.
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    Yup.

    I plan on getting into Laconia or Keene.

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    Actually Keene does not do the live-in program. the following towns participate.

    -Lakeport Firehouse (Laconia)
    -Gilmanton
    -Alton
    -Chichester
    -Allenstown
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    I wasn't looking for a live in program with Keene, but actually thinking of going there schooling.

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    Do they do associates or bachelors?
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    They only do associate's degrees. But if you take the right clases, after your fire science degree, you only have to take like 3 classes to get your fire investigation degree.

    The live-in programs are great. They all have their ups and downs.

    Laconia- great program, i think you only go on calls when you're on shift- but they're really busy
    Gilmanton- good program too, but its like 900 bucks a semester
    Alton- I think its the best one, gotta wear your uniforms to school everyday...which isnt really a problem
    Chichester - its ok, but its like 25 min away and its a voley dept and its kinda boring...but you get to drive trucks and everthing
    Allenstown - new program this year...theres 2 guys there now (dont know too much about it)


    But I would apply to each dept, cause you dont know if you'll get accepted to what ones.
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    Wink Ahem...

    I know little of the other programs but I can tell you this:
    If I were looking to find out what it is really like working on a fulltime fire department on a shift level gaining ride time,getting hands on firefighting and EMS experience,lots of training and some extra dough by also being a call company member I would seriously hope I got a slot in the Laconia live in program.

    I wish I had done this program when I got out of high school!
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    gilmanton doesnt charge anything to live there
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    If you don't mind a cathlioc college and spending 28,000 dollars a year anna maria college in paxton MA is one out of four colleges who offers a maseter's program.

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    I'm currently a freshman Safety Studies major at keene state college, i was accepted to both Anna Maria and Laconia didn't choose Anna Maria because it was too small for me and I didn't choose Laconia because I needed to get away from my parent's. Keene State's safety program mixes alot of different aspects of safety including OSHA, Fire Science, Accident Investigation, Industrial Safety and Hygene, Haz mat, Risk Management and some other stuff. Alot of firefighters for the city of Keene are also professors and lecturers here at the school.
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    Thumbs up Another great school in New England...

    ...is right up the road in South Portland, Maine. It used to be called Southern Maine Tech when I went there but I think has since changed it's name. (Southern Maine Community College or somethin) Fantastic Fire Science associates degree program. They also do the live-in program with South Portland FD.

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    If you live in the Midwest, Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS has an excellent program, though I'm not sure of where it ranks nationally. I do know that out of the 4 or 5 fire schools in Kansas, Hutchinson has the best. Many KS departments wait until we have a class graduate before they hire anyone. There are also a few volunteer departments in the area that would put you on the line after you take firefighter I. I'm currently finishing up my first semester there.

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    Originally posted by smatt2003
    If you don't mind a cathlioc college and spending 28,000 dollars a year anna maria college in paxton MA is one out of four colleges who offers a maseter's program.

    visit the web site

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    Four colleges? There has to be more than just four colleges that have Masters programs.
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    Laconia is ranked #2 in fire science schools in the nation. (Known fact)
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    Interested in rankings. Where do I find a listing, just interested in who else made this list. I also recommend checking out this thread on Eastern Kentucky University and Oklahoma State University.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...threadid=64178

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    I'd also like to see these ratings....I've heard from many members in my area who dont regard Laconia as being anything special. It may be the number 2 fire school in the northeast. Don't get me wrong...Its a great school for those looking to stay in the area, but I doubt that a 2 year voc school would be 2nd in the nation when there are many 4+year schools out there
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    I believe that if you dig the stats up the #2 in the nation means out of all of the other similar (2yr) programs in the nation, not the 4 year ones. That would be comparing apples to oranges.
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    I know a few people that go to Laconia for fire science and my brother is a 2003 graduate of the program. My boyfriend goes to Laconia for fire science and is staying with a LT. from Laconia Fire Dept.
    As far as college is concerned, its better to pick a school that your happy with.
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    Default Re: Another great school in New England...

    Originally posted by SAFD46Truck
    ...is right up the road in South Portland, Maine. It used to be called Southern Maine Tech when I went there but I think has since changed it's name. (Southern Maine Community College or somethin) Fantastic Fire Science associates degree program. They also do the live-in program with South Portland FD.
    SMCC does offer a Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology with the option of transferring credits to a bachelor's program in Administration to both the University of Southern Maine and University of Maine at Augusta. I have also been told that University of New Haven will transfer the degree and put it towards theirs. They offer associates, bachelors, and masters. SMCC also offers degrees in paramedicine and criminal justice.

    South Portland no longer has a live-in program, however Gorham, Windham, Standish, Scarborough, Saco, and Alfred do. I have been in Gorham for the past year and a half and i wouldnt trade it for anything. The live-in program is also run in conjunction with the fire science program, so applications are made to the fire science advisor and interviews are done by all departments at once. Applicants are then picked in a draft type selection. At least in Gorham you can still participate in the program even if you are not taking the fire science program so long as you are a full-time student.

    If anyone has any questions about the school or the live-in programs feel free to ask and i'll answer as best as possible.
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    Thumbs up Thanks for the update DFC.

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    One of the best programs in Illinois is College of Dupage. And its very affordable. I will be attending Fall of 2005. I have been told that Illinois over all is one of the best states to be in for Fire Service and Police Service careers for college educations.
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    Exclamation School in Maine

    Oh, just a side note the website for Southern Maine Community College is WWW.SMCCME.EDU Can't hurt to check it out!!
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    If you are looking for a Great School Cheap and as one of the best programs you can take for Fire related stuff. You need to look at Eastern Kentucky University. I am a former member of a Fire dept in Maine. I looked at Southern Maine Tech, but realized I would have to go else where for the 4 yrs. I thought of Hartford and Providence College, but they were too high. EKU offered a better program with more options and at a better price. I would say that 80% of the degree is from out of state. You can get a 2 or 4 year degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology. Then you choose an option which is like a special. I have Fire Protection Admin, but you can also choose Arson and Explosion Investigation, Industrial Safet, Occu Safety and others. They also have a 2 or 4 yrs Paramedic Science program. The City of Richmond will take you as a coop after your first year(schools rule). They have a great relationship with the school and are starting to offer more to the Co-ops. We have grads in FDNY, Chicago, and several others. Not to include our large number in the safety field like myself. Or at least untill a fire job opens up. You also get an chance to get you CFEI, CFII and CFVI at a very cheap price. The Association of Fire Science Technicains attend tranings around the country like FDIC Indy.

    If you like visit the school at: www.fireandsafety.eku.edu or feel free to email me and I will answer any questions. I know it sound sstrange, but I too was going to stay in New England. But I have be happy and glad with my move.
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