2001 Conference

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On June 2-4, 2001, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) hosted the third annual Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Conference on its campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In attendance were 91 representatives from colleges and universities which offer fire-related associates and bachelor's degrees and State and local fire service training agencies. There were significant outcomes from the conference which resulted from extensive group work by the participants.

The final results included the development of:

Fire Service Research Needs Presentation

Development of a list of fire service research needs and suggested topics for future projects or dissertations.

Accompanying Materials to Keynote Speech by Ken Burris

Keynote speech by the then Acting Administrator for the U. S. Fire Administration, Ken Burris, who spoke about the new USFA, the status of FIRE Act grants review and the role in risk reduction which fire departments must play in the future.

Presentation by USFA Education Specialist Edward Kaplan About Past FESHE Conferences

Presentation by USFA Education Specialist Edward Kaplan about past FESHE conferences and the need for partnering academic fire programs with the USFA's Training Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE) network.

A Study of Undergraduate Fire Service Degree Programs in the United States

Presentation of a USFA-supported doctoral dissertation called "A Study of Undergraduate Fire Service Degree Programs in the United States," one of the most comprehensive studies ever done on associate- and bachelor's-level programs in areas ranging from types of degrees, courses and accreditation to enrollment trends and student diversity.

Presentation by the International Association of Fire Chief's (IAFC) Professional Development Committee

Presentation by the chairman of the International Association of Fire Chief's (IAFC) Professional Development Committee, Chief James Broman (Lacy, Washington) about the importance of higher education to the fire service in the future.