Merritt Kearns has worked in fire and emergency services for the last 24 years. “A career in the fire service allows me to help people in my community during their time of need,” he says. Learn more about AMU faculty member Merritt Kearns and how his role as an educator allows him to help the next generation of firefighters.
By Anthony S. Mangeri
Evidence-based fire operations require firefighters and other fire service personnel to have a strong understanding of math and science. Here's why fire science curriculums, for new firefighters as well as for continuing education of fire service personnel, should incorporate science courses to introduce fire science students to the basic concepts of matter and energy.
By Merritt Kearns and Matthew Dewhirst
Like many other fire departments across the country, the Roanoke, Virginia Fire-EMS Department has been hit hard with cases of cancer. Here's how firefighters can protect themselves from the cancer-causing agents they're exposed to while fighting fires.
By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety
The holiday season can be a joyous time spent celebrating with family and loved ones and reflecting on another year gone by. But, for many people, the holidays can be extremely difficult. For those struggling with mental health issues or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the holidays can evoke an array of unpleasant emotions.
The December 2013 issue of FireRescue Magazine featured an excellent article about the role of education in the fire service written by American Military University professor Anthony Mangeri.
The article, How Education Helps Beyond the Fire Service, discusses the importance of education for individuals and how a degree can often help one make career transitions.
Why are so many Firefighters Going Back to School? Research Focuses on Education Trends in the Fire Service
American Military University Professor Robert Ditch recently conducted a research project studying why fire service members are choosing to go back to school. He spoke about his research findings to Fire Chief Magazine during the Officer Development Program at Fire-Rescue International.
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Professor Ditch discussed the trends in higher education and the factors influencing fire service members—from chiefs on down the ranks—to get their degrees.