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Sarah Guynup is an Engineering Designer at LaBella Associates, an international architecture, engineering, environmental and planning firm. Sarah is completing her fire protection and safety engineering technology bachelor’s degree online with Eastern Kentucky University. She recently shared her thoughts about her EKU Online experience.
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When reviewing Eastern Kentucky University’s fire protection and safety engineering technology (FPSET) degree program you may notice it has two separate accreditations. The first is from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), in which all three of our fire science degrees are accredited. The Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology has...
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fire protection engineer technician
Graduates of EKU’s online Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (FPSET) degree may see job postings with different titles when they are seeking a career. Two common titles are fire protection engineer, often referred to as FPE, and fire protection engineering technician/technologist. A graduate may not truly understand the difference between these two job titles....
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EKU Fire fighters fighting a fire
The first time Kaleb Vonderwell interviewed for an Arson Investigator position with the Office of the State Fire Marshal within Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security, he didn’t get the position, but he told the hiring committee, “I’ll be back.” Vonderwell said he wanted to take strides towards improving himself and increasing his knowledge in the...
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Fire Graduate Bryan O'Neil
Bryan O’Neil graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in fire protection administration. Bryan is a fire lieutenant for the City of Cambridge in Massachusetts. He completed his bachelor’s degree online and recently shared his thoughts about his EKU Online experience.
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Fire and Safety Scholarship Winners
The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) has awarded two scholarships to students in the EKU Online Fire Science Program. Sarah Guynup and Derrick Meis will each receive $1,000 to continue their education. Both are earning bachelor’s degrees in the fully online fire protection and safety engineering technology program at Eastern Kentucky University. In 2020-2021, the...
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Greg Gorbett reviews procedures with students during residency
Greg Gorbett is a professor in the EKU fire protection programs and an active consultant in the fire, arson and explosion investigation field. He runs his own consulting firm and has also provided fire and explosion expertise to various agencies for approximately 20 years. Above all, Gorbett is a problem solver.  Read About His Mission...
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Fire Investigator working with protective mask on
COVID-19 has infiltrated our lives and has established a new normal. As we take every precaution and don our face masks to run essential errands, our frontline workers are bravely facing this pandemic head-on. Shauna Baccus, an EKU Online student from Saskatoon, Canada, is earning her degree in fire, arson and explosion investigation while working...
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Best Online Awards
EKU’s fire science degree program ranked no. 2 among the Top 15 Best Online Fire Science Degrees for 2020 according to Online Schools Report. That was not the only award Online Schools Report bestowed upon EKU’s fire science program. The 100% online fire protection administration degree was ranked no. 5 among the 15 Best Online...
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Fire fighters approaching a fire in a building with hose
On a Tuesday in early November, Capt. Michael Mathes was enjoying a rare day off from his job with the Texas Highway Patrol. He had just pulled into his driveway in Waller, a rural community outside Houston, when he heard a loud noise that made him turn around.
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