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GARDNER, Mass. — The Department of Fire Services recognized Mount Wachusett Community College and three other Massachusetts colleges Monday for adopting nationally recognized the Fire and Emergency Services High Education model curricula for their fire-science majors.
Dennis Onieal, superintendent of the National Fire Academy, presented certificates of recognition to representatives of Mount Wachusett, Bunker Hill and Quinsigamond community colleges, as well as Anna Maria College, during the second Fire Service Professional Development Summit in Stow.
The model FESHE curriculum, developed by the National Fire Academy, allows state fire-training directors to work with colleges so college credit can be received for fire-training courses and college courses can be accepted by training directors. Working together, they can create a clear path for advancement in the fire service.
"The national challenge is for state and local providers of training, education and certification to integrate their activities to eliminate these duplications while enhancing the overall professional development of the fire and emergency services," Onieal said in a statement.
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