For years, the attainment of academic degrees within public safety professions was valued, but not considered a prerequisite for advancement. Training and experience served these professions well for decades.
On the front lines, public safety professionals became increasingly aware of the value of science and technology in support of forward-thinking programs — geographic information systems and computer models, in particular, became indispensable tools for fire professionals, law enforcement, emergency managers, and first responders.
One of the keys to promotion for firefighters and other emergency services personnel had been an associate degree in Fire Science, often from a technical or community college. But the events of 9/11 brought home the complexities involved in emergency response and planning, and now a discriminator in the advancement of all public safety professionals is at least a bachelor’s degree.
The Embry-Riddle Worldwide curriculum comprises core scientific disciplines — physics, chemistry, psychology, sociology, engineering, systems analysis, and research — delivered within a public safety framework. This framework is multidimensional and uses science to enhance risk assessment, understanding human behavior, investigative techniques, analytical decision-making, economic and political realities, strategic planning, and human resources management.
Submissions from 2015
Making Sense of Higher Educational Opportunities for ARFF Professionals, Rita "Rene" Herron Ph.D. and Ann Light