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Supporting education incentive programs for the fire service

Author: Noe C Flores; San Angelo. Fire Department.
Publisher: Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy, July 2002.
Series: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.
Edition/Format:   eBook : National government publication : English
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The problem for the City of San Angelo was that a lack of data did not exist to guide the city in making recommendations to the education incentive plan. This purpose of this applied research project was to report the results comparing the City of San Angelo education incentive plan to four selected Texas cities. This study used descriptive research methodology through literature review, interviews, data retrieval
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Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Noe C Flores; San Angelo. Fire Department.
OCLC Number: 477231942
Notes: Accession No.: 109307, Report No.: 11216.
Description: 60 p.
Details: PDF; Adobe Acrobat Reader required, 751.8 kb.
Series Title: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.

Abstract:

The problem for the City of San Angelo was that a lack of data did not exist to guide the city in making recommendations to the education incentive plan. This purpose of this applied research project was to report the results comparing the City of San Angelo education incentive plan to four selected Texas cities. This study used descriptive research methodology through literature review, interviews, data retrieval from the Texas Commission of Fire Protection, and surveys from the five Texas cities. This study answereed the following questions: 1. What are the benefits of higher education to the fire fighter, the fire organization, and to the community? 2. What are the education and certification levels of the fire fighters from five selected Texas cities? 3.

How does the education incentive plan for San Angelo compare to four selected cities education incentive plans? The procedure used to answer the first question was literature review that discussed higher-level education. The benefit to the fire fighter, organization, and the community was substantiated by the literature review. Email requests with follow-up telephone calls retrieved the information and data to answer the second and third questions. Results showed that cities without financial inducements for certification pay had higher percentage of fire fighters that had met the yearly experience requirement, but had not advanced to the next certification level. The education levels for the five cities were fairly consistent. The numbers of associate degrees did have some obvious differences between cities. The cities of San Angelo and Wichita Falls had a lot fewer fire fighters with associate degrees.

Compensation for education from the cities education incentive plans did not show any major differences between the number of fire fighters with bachelor and master degrees. There was no major difference in the number of fire fighters with degrees above associate in the five selected cities. The following recommendations to the San Angelo education incentive program were: 1. Implement a certification pay program. 2. Evaluate a program or requirement of an associate degree for the Battalion Chief Officer level. 3. Evaluate a program that will compensate the individual at a graduated level for each higher-education degree.

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