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Promotion: is it time to require college at the Wayne Township Fire Department?

Author: Damian John Garino; Wayne Township. Fire Department.
Publisher: Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy, January 2006.
Series: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.
Edition/Format:   eBook : National government publication : English
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The problem was that the Wayne Township Fire Department (WTFD) developed its promotion rules in a relatively short time. No research was done during the development of the rules to determine if it was feasible to require education beyond high school for promotion. This project was conducted using action and evaluative research methods. The following research questions were posed: (1) What type of degree requirements
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Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Damian John Garino; Wayne Township. Fire Department.
OCLC Number: 475880370
Notes: Accession No.: 120423, Report No.: 38582.
Description: 39 p.
Details: PDF; Adobe Acrobat Reader required, 108.7 kb.
Series Title: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.

Abstract:

The problem was that the Wayne Township Fire Department (WTFD) developed its promotion rules in a relatively short time. No research was done during the development of the rules to determine if it was feasible to require education beyond high school for promotion. This project was conducted using action and evaluative research methods. The following research questions were posed: (1) What type of degree requirements do similar fire departments in Indiana have for promotion? (2) What type of degree requirements do area law enforcement agencies have for promotion? (3) What are some of the challenges to implementing a policy of requiring a college degree for promotion? (4) How do WTFD members feel about the need for a college degree requirement for promotion? Besides a literature search, the WTFD members were surveyed.

Area fire departments and police departments were also surveyed to see what their degree requirements for promotion were. The results indicated that the WTFD promotion requirements are in line with area police and fire departments. Further, they are in line with what most of the members desire. However, they are less than what degreed members of the WTFD, and literature authors, recommend. The recommendations of this research included: (a) Work with labor to implement an associate's degree requirement for all promotion levels. (b) Research the implementation of incentive pay for college degrees.

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