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Impact of educational requirements for fire officers

Author: Ray Michael Garcia; Aurora. Fire Department.
Publisher: Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy, March 2001.
Series: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.
Edition/Format:   eBook : National government publication : English
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Prior to 1997, the Aurora, Colorado, Fire Department (AFD) did not have college educational requirements for fire officers. Beginning in 1997, the Aurora Civil Service Commission (ACSC) and the AFD jointly decided to establish a higher educational requirement for fire officers. This action was taken by AFD and ACSC in order to insure that fire officers would continue to have the capability to meet the challenges of
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Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Michael Garcia; Aurora. Fire Department.
OCLC Number: 477232091
Notes: Accession No.: 104771, Report No.: 32921.
Description: 45 p.
Details: PDF; Adobe Acrobat Reader required, 139.7 KB.
Series Title: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.

Abstract:

Prior to 1997, the Aurora, Colorado, Fire Department (AFD) did not have college educational requirements for fire officers. Beginning in 1997, the Aurora Civil Service Commission (ACSC) and the AFD jointly decided to establish a higher educational requirement for fire officers. This action was taken by AFD and ACSC in order to insure that fire officers would continue to have the capability to meet the challenges of a rapidly growing city. The problem was that the AFD did not know what the impact of requiring higher educational requirements for fire officers in the department would be. The purpose of this applied research project was to determine the impact of having higher educational requirements for fire officers in the department. To meet this task, evaluation research was utilized to answer the following questions: 1.

Has the professional image of the AFD been impacted by requiring higher educational standards for fire officers? 2. With the current higher educational requirements for fire officers, does the AFD have a viable pool of qualified candidates for succession? 3. How does having higher educational requirements for fire officers affect the organization? Procedures used in this endeavor were to define the parameters of the evaluation research, review the current literature, conduct interviews, create surveys, and form two focus groups. The results of the evaluation research showed a strong base of support throughout the organization for higher educational requirements for fire officers.

The impact to the AFD was a greater professional image of the department; increased administrative skills for fire officers; and a renewed dedication for fire officers who have returned to college in order to meet the higher educational requirements. The research findings recommended that the Aurora Fire Department maintain the higher educational requirements for fire officers and to give future fire officer candidates support and encouragement in continuing life-long learning.

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