Beverley Walker was recently named the Director of East Georgia State College’s Fire and Emergency Services Administration Program. This program features a four-year degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration (FESA) and will begin in the Spring of 2015. This is the first academic program of its kind in Georgia, and all classes will be offered online.
The FESA Bachelor’s degree program 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 your knowledge and professional expertise. The program follows the design set forth by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum create at the National Fire Academy, the nationally recognized standard in fire and emergency services education curriculum.
In terms of professional preparation, no other bachelors program in Georgia offers such a unique combination of vital coursework in fire and emergency services administration, public management, organizational behavior, and professional development.
“East Georgia State College is certainly blessed to have secured the services of Professor Beverley Walker as the Director and lead faculty member for our new and exciting bachelor degree program in Fire and Emergency Services Administration,” said Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of the School of Social Sciences. “Professor Walker’s vast knowledge of the world of fire and emergency services, and her extensive experience as an educator and administrator, insure the success of this great new program.”
Walker is a life-long resident of Georgia and a native of the Atlanta metro area. She is a 25-year veteran of the fire service and took many roles, including firefighter, EMT, training instructor, and fire prevention specialist. She started her fire service career in the City of LaGrange Fire Department, where she rose to the rank of Lieutenant in prevention. She is an NPQ certified Firefighter II, Fire Investigator, Inspector II, Instructor III and Educator I.
Walker comes to EGSC from Hall County Fire Services in Gainesville, Ga., where she was a lieutenant. She has her Masters Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University and a Masters in Education from Columbus State University. She is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.
She has been involved in instructional design, curriculum development, and instruction for several fire services institutions, including the Georgia Fire Academy and the National Fire Academy. Walker has also been a technical writer for several publications, including IFSTA’s Fire and Life Safety Educator 2nd Edition, IFSTA’s Fire Detection and Suppression Systems, and is a contributing author to Firefighter Safety and Survival by Ford.