Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Charles S. Hausman

Department Affiliation

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Second Advisor

Larry R. Collins

Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Third Advisor

Thomas D. Schneid

Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Abstract

This paper reviews literature from on line, research papers, dissertations, conference proceedings, and monthly periodical sources discussing firefighter certifications to identify the current status of reciprocity in the U.S. Fire Service, as well as the components that make up the necessary steps to achieve a national system of reciprocity for fire service professionals. Accreditation (NFPA, 2011), programs, and agencies (IFSAC, 2012), (ProBoard, 2012) already exists to insure the levels of training set by nationally accepted standards (NFPA, 2013) are being meet by training providers, and are possessed by fire service professional. A model system that the fire service is already familiar with (NREMT) exists. All that is left is for the fire service to develop a united front and agreement on such a system.

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