june 11, 2003

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TCC fire protection program nationally recognized

Tulsa Community College's Fire Protection Technology Program was recognized as a model fire science program by National Fire Academy (NFA) at the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Conference, May 31-June 2.

The TCC program was primarily recognized for its highly successful partnership with Tulsa Fire Department, a department that values higher education as an integral part of professional career development. The previous and current chiefs of the department, Thomas Baker and Allen LaCroix, respectively, as well as many officers and fire fighters, are TCC alumni. LaCroix is an adjunct instructor in fire protection technology.

Other criteria for the recognition include: high quality TCC academic course work that is readily transferable to a four-year program, a proper balance of general education and fire safety courses, and the awarding of relevant fire safety certifications upon completion of the appropriate academic courses.

Bill Goswick, instructor and coordinator of fire protection technology, graduated in the first fire protection technology class from TCC and is a 30-year veteran of Tulsa Fire Department.

Created by The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, NFA provides training and education programs that enhance the abiliity of fire and emergency services professionals to deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies.
Since 1975, more than 1.4 million students have received NFA training at its Emmittsburg Maryland facility and through local fire training organizations and colleges and universities.

Story contact: Demetrius Bereolos, Media Relations Specialist, TCC