The Educational Partnership Program
The Fire Protection Technology
Fire Science Degree Program
In an effort to increase diversity within the department and to offer an opportunity for existing firefighters to further their education, Fayetteville Fire Department has partnered with Cumberland County Schools (E.E. Smith High School), Fayetteville Technical Community College and Fayetteville State University to establish innovative program. The programs created by the partnership create a win-win scenario for all involved.
Through the partnership, high school students are exposed to the fire service while attending a Fire Academy at E.E. Smith High School. The program was designed to take advantage of FTCC's Huskins program. The Huskins program allows students to attend college courses while in high school---earning both tuition free college credits and high school elective credits through the course. In classes, the student gains an understanding of managerial and various issues pertaining to fire and emergency services. Instruction for courses is presented through a combination of online technology with weekly face-to-face classes. Students have the opportunity to graduate with up to 22 credits towards a degree in Fire Science. In the future, students from other schools will also be able to attend the Fire Science Academy's at E.E. Smith High School through Cumberland County's School of Choice program.
The innovative programs also helps to provide needed services in the area. The City of Fayetteville partnered with Fayetteville State University to build a 19,000 square foot fire station, Station #14 on FSU's campus. The university provided the land on which the station was built, while the City of Fayetteville funded the construction of the station. The station was designed with college style dormitory rooms to accommodate students of FSU's Bachelor's Degree program in Fire Science. The students may use the rooms as they complete internship requirements with the fire department in their junior and senior years. The station design also includes classroom and community space, along with video conferencing capabilities to strengthen our education delivery services.
Members of the Fayetteville Fire Department staff the station. The personnel are certified as firefighters, emergency medical technicians and as emergency rescue technicians. They offer and abundance of skills, knowledge and ability to our community. As an added bonus, the station also houses a section of the Fayettteville Police Department's Traffic Services Division. Citizens can visit the station to receive a range of assistance regarding various matters.
For Additional information contact 910-433-1730.
Fayetteville State University - Fire Science Program
Fayetteville Technical Community College
E.E. Smith High School