Professor Beverley Walker, Director of the Fire and Emergency Services Administration Degree programs at East Georgia State College, recently attended the 85th Annual International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) Validation Conference & Research Symposium in Tulsa, Okla.
The IFSTA Validation Conference is held each July. Committees of technical experts meet and work at the conference addressing the current standards of the National Fire Protection Association and other standards-making groups as they apply to IFSTA-validated manuals. These committees also meet in January and throughout the year as necessary. These technical experts review all manual drafts and verify that the contents are valid. Committee members are all volunteers who participate because of a commitment to the fire service and its future through training.
Professor Walker is the Chairperson for the Fire and Life Safety Educator 4th Edition Validation Committee. This was one of five (5) committees that met during the July 2018 conference. This was Professor Walker’s fifth Validation Conference, and she was recognized for this achievement.
The International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) was established in 1934. The mission of IFSTA is to identify areas of need for training materials and foster the development and validation of training materials for the fire service and related areas. IFSTA is an association of fire service personnel who are dedicated to upgrading fire fighting techniques and safety through training.
According to Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of the EGSC’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, “Professor Walker is a national leader in the development of ‘best practices’ for the continued advancement and refinement of the public service professions, with a special contribution to the fire and emergency services disciplines. Her continued leadership also allows our Fire and Emergency Services degree to serve a professional and pedagogical model for others to follow.”
Fire Protection Publications, a department of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology at Oklahoma State University, is the headquarters for IFSTA. Fire Protection Publications’ primary function is to publish and disseminate training manuals as proposed and validated by IFSTA. Fire Protection Publications researches, acquires, produces, and markets high-quality learning and teaching manuals that complement the IFSTA-validated manuals.