Careers Magazine Articles

  • Why Would a Firefighter Need A College Education to "Pull Hose"?

    Even though there are national standards for fire service training, there is little continuity for educational requirements for firefighters. Some states deliver training through a fire academy, and firefighters may choose to pursue college courses...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • Progress Being Made Toward Professionalizing The Fire Service

    It has been my privilege to be in the forefront of a number of different educational efforts over the years within the fire service that have long held up the goal of professionalizing our field of endeavor as its primary goal. Many have been the...

    Article • February 3rd, 2010


    As Jim Wright sought to continue his higher education to encompass a bachelor's degree, he found some institutions willing to take life experience and distill it into credit hours that would make his learning and class time minimal. A few of these...

    Article • February 3rd, 2010

  • The Philosophy of a Firefighter/Paramedic

    A characteristic of firefighter/paramedic is someone who is intellectual.

    Article • February 3rd, 2010

  • 100 Years Ago

    HOBOKEN, NJ: June 3, 1909 — A smoky fire was discovered in Hold 5 of the freighter Marina moored at the Phoenix Lines freight pier at Seventh Street. While crew members scrambled to get hoses in place, the fire spread to the two adjoining holds and...

    Article • July 22nd, 2009

  • A College Degree Is More Than a Piece of Paper

    Daniel Byrne joins the debate on the value of higher education in the fire service.

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • The State of Higher Education in Today's Economy

    Younes Mourchid, Ph.D., explains why, in tough economic times, it makes perfect sense for members of the fire service to go back to school.

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • Building an Educational Foundation To a Fire Service Career

    Paul Snodgrass evaluates the incentives offered when pursuing college-level studies.

    Article • January 31st, 2009

  • What Every "Route" Company Officer Needs To Know

      Many fire departments have what is known as a "route," or "relief," company officer (a captain or lieutenant); the person who does not have a regular shift or station assignment and fills in as needed for company officers on vacation, out sick or...

    Article • January 31st, 2009

  • Where Public Safety Policy Meets Higher Education

    Younes Mourchid discusses the influence of higher education on public policy and whether the reverse is true.

    Article • November 1st, 2008

  • What's Keeping You From Getting Promoted?

    Learning from mistakes and misfortunes for the fire service promotion.

    Article • August 1st, 2008

  • Earning a Fire Science Degree FESHE Style

    Younes Mourchid, Ph.D., discusses how one can overcome common obstacles by following the National Fire Academy model.

    Article • August 1st, 2008

  • Rich Media: Enhancing Content in Online Courses

    Paul Snodgrass reports on rich media becoming a pipeline for receiving and responding to course content and other students' discussions.

    Article • August 1st, 2008

  • Performance Standards

    By request of the author, this article is not available online.

    Article • April 1st, 2008

  • Educational Opportunities For Emergency Responders

    Bryant Stiles describes how a degree program benefits Kentucky's firefighters.

    Article • April 1st, 2008