East Georgia State College hosted the second annual Fire and Emergency Services Administration (FESA) Advisory Council mini-conference on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center on the Swainsboro campus.
The FESA Advisory Council was developed to serve as a consulting body for the Fire and Emergency Services Administration Bachelor’s Degree program, which began in January of 2016. The Council, consisting of public agency heads and chiefs from across Georgia, meets at least one a year to receive updates on the program, provide advice on upcoming classes and events, and to make recommendations on marketing and course curriculum.
The group heard from Dr. Robert Boehmer, President of EGSC, as well as other administrative personnel, to update the group on the advancements of FESA program as well as the college. Elizabeth Gilmer, VP of Institutional Advancement, spoke to the need for scholarship funding for the students in this program to enable them to pursue and complete their bachelor’s degree.
Dr. Byron Kennedy, Assistant Chief with Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, delivered a presentation to the group on the Wingspread VI Conference, a decennial meeting of fire service professionals from across the country that discusses the coming needs and challenges of the fire service. Dr. Kennedy was an attendee at this year’s meeting, which was held in Racine, Wisconsin in July. This year was the 50th anniversary of the Wingspread conferences for fire service professionals.
The Fire and Emergency Services Administration Bachelor’s degree program at East Georgia State College is designed to create a career pathway for firefighters, emergency services personnel, and others interested in public affairs management. Fire service, emergency service, disaster preparedness, and public management courses are blended into a vibrant and exciting degree program that will advance the knowledge and professional expertise of the students.