On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, East Georgia State College President Dr. Bob Boehmer signed an official certificate from the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Initiative (FESHE) and the National Fire Academy. His signature joined those of David Wall, the State Training Director for the state of Georgia, and Dr. Kirby Keifer, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy.
Recognition by FESHE means that EGSC’s Fire and Emergency Services Administration program is comparable to other institutions across the country that have received this honor. The FESHE Recognition Certificate is an acknowledgement that a collegiate emergency services degree program meets the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy.
These regionally- or nationally-accredited colleges and universities have demonstrated a commitment to the nationally-recognized FESHE model of standardized professional development criteria. FESHE concentrates on degree programs that emphasize firefighting response, fire prevention, fire administration, and Emergency Medical Services management.
East Georgia State College is the only college in Georgia to have received this recognition of excellence. In addition, EGSC is the only college in the state to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration.
“This certificate is the culmination of much work on our part, and we are pleased and honored to be a part of this cadre of schools that have achieved this high honor,” said Dr. H. Lee Cheek, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at EGSC. “We are excited for our students who will be the recipients of this quality education, and the affect that it will have on emergency services operations in the future.”