Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Department Head Represents Program at National Fire Academy

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City’s (OSU-OKC) Public Safety Department Head Lynn Wojcik attended the National Professional Development Symposium (NPDS) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. from June 27-29. The symposium brought over 100 college representatives together to work on education topics in the fire service.


The symposium’s primary areas of focus are the Fire and Emergency Service Education (FESHE) curriculum, organizational meetings, and workshops on a variety of education topics. The symposium provides great networking opportunities for fire service educators and their programs.


This year’s symposium included a field trip to the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) fire laboratory in Gaithersburg, Md. Several NIST scientists provided a guided tour of the fire laboratory and how research is conducted within the facility. An overview of past, current, and future research was discussed, along with how the research is applied in the real world. Current significant research discussed was the effects of fire on firefighter protective clothing and equipment and the failure points of steel structural components in high-rise buildings. The lessons from the tour will be incorporated into coursework in OSU-OKC’s Municipal Fire Protection and Emergency Responder Administration programs.


OSU-OKC was the only public safety program from Oklahoma represented at this year’s symposium. Understanding the importance of attending the NPDS conference and the current budget situation, Wojcik paid her own way to ensure OSU-OKC was represented. As a result of attending the symposium, Wojcik was appointed to serve on the doctoral studies committee that is working on guidelines for doctoral degrees to advance fire service education.

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