Monday, August 15, 2016
OSU-OKC Alumnus Honored with Inaugural Excellence Award
Oklahoma City fire department chiefs and professionals recently gathered at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) for a Metro Fire Chief’s meeting. During the meeting, Public Safety Department Head Lynn Wojcik and Municipal Fire Protection Instructor James Fullingim presented the first OSU-OKC Emergency Responder Administration Alumni Excellence Award to Battalion Chief James Blocker of the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
Chief Blocker has been employed by the Oklahoma City Fire Department since 1991 where he was promoted to sergeant in 1997 and was assigned to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Work Section. He was instrumental in helping develop OSU-OKC’s EMS Program to the high-level first responding agency the university boasts today.
Chief Blocker’s degree earned through OSU-OKC in the Emergency Responder Administration (ERA) Program has helped him further his career with the Oklahoma City Fire Department. He was involved in the inception and development of the All-Terrain Medical Response Team, the Advanced Life Support Program, the Quality Assurance Program, and the Online CEC Training that is required for department employees to maintain their certifications. He also was instrumental in implementing the CPR Program the department provides to the citizens of Oklahoma City.
The knowledge Chief Blocker attained during his studies in OSU-OKC’s ERA Program will assist him in developing and improving the systems in the university’s EMS Program as he continues his career with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.