On Thursday, October 3, 2019, the Fire and Emergency Services Administration Program at East Georgia State College hosted its Fifth Annual FESA Advisory Council meeting. The meeting was held at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus.
The FESA Advisory Council is composed of fire and emergency services administrators from across the state of Georgia. This ad hoc group provides support and guidance for the Fire and Emergency Services Administration degree programs at EGSC. Also, in attendance at this year’s meeting were several graduates of the EGSC’s FESA Program, as well as representatives from several of the technical colleges in Georgia that sponsor Fire Services and EMS training programs.
Participants were updated on the states of both the bachelor and associate degree programs in Fire and Emergency Services Administration, as well as the availability of new scholarships for the program. Program graduates updated the group on their achievements and continuing leadership in their communities and organizations.
The group was honored by the attendance of a special guest, Austin Mercado. Mercado is a student at EGSC whose father was a firefighter with FDNY who lost his life in the tragic events of 9-11. Mercado updated the group on his family and expressed his appreciation of the emergency responders present for their role in keeping communities safe.
After lunch, Habersham County Emergency Services Director Chad Black provided a presentation on a community paramedicine/mobile integrated healthcare program that has been implemented in Habersham County. This program was of great interest to the attendees, as it is an emerging trend in fire and emergency services especially for rural areas.
The Fire and Emergency Services Administration degree program at EGSC is a one-of-a-kind program in the state of Georgia and offers the only bachelor’s degree in this major in the University System of Georgia. The program is a totally online program and follows the recommendations of the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative at the National Fire Academy.