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03/18/2014 - Cincinnati State Fire Service Program Earns National Recognition

March 18, 2014

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Cincinnati State Fire Service Program Earns National Recognition
Cincinnati State’s Fire Service Technology associate degree program has earned formal recognition from administrators of the Fire & Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program.

The FESHE program was developed by the National Fire Academy (a branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency) as part of an effort to co-ordinate fire and emergency medical services training at two- and four-year academic institutions.

A key component of the program was the development of a National Professional Development Model, a competency-based, integrated system of training designed to help states and their educational institutions move from what the National Fire Academy describes on its website as “an often fragmented and stove-piped system of training, higher education and certification.”

Phil Vossmeyer, chairman of the Fire Safety Technology program at Cincinnati State, said he and his staff have been working for four years to adjust the curriculum and training cycles to fit the FESHE model. As of today, Vossmeyer said, all six of the core courses in the Cincinnati State Fire Safety program and half of the non-core courses are now accepted by FESHE.

“This is significant, because it means that students can now receive National Fire Academy /FEMA Certificates of Completion, awarded by FEMA, for all FESHE classes taken and passed at Cincinnati Sate,” Vossmeyer said.

He noted that last year, Cincinnati State’s Fire Service Technology program was awarded international accreditation last year by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) a peer-driven, self-governing nonprofit organization housed at Oklahoma State University that accredits both fire service certification programs and higher education fire-related degree programs in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.

He said the College believes the FESHE and IFSAC certifications should give Cincinnati State students the assurance that their education and training represent the current state of national and international standards.

Over the past decade the Cincinnati State Fire Service Technology program has trained more than 800 firefighters for jobs in the Tri-State and elsewhere.


Cincinnati State offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.

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