UNC Charlotte graduates over 50 students from EMS Management and Fire & Rescue Management Institutes


CarolinaFireJournal -

07/25/2011 -
Charlotte, NC - Fifty-eight front line supervisors, training officers, mid-level managers, head administrators, and aspiring leaders from the fire service and EMS fields joined UNC Charlotte’s growing Southeast alumni network upon graduating from the EMS Management Institute and Fire & Rescue Management Institutes earlier this year. image

The EMS Management Institute celebrated its 30th anniversary offering in 2010-2011 with 22 students enrolled from across North Carolina and South Carolina. Many eagerly participated with the help of a NCOEMS grant which subsidizes up to 40% of program fees per student. Students devoted 15 days of the fall and spring to course modules including Leadership & Team-building, Human Resource Management, Strategic Planning, and Communication Skills. Founded in 1980, not long after the modern era of EMS, the program remains relevant and updated for today and tomorrow’s EMS leader. A small sampling of what the Class of 2011 had to say about the program includes:

“Very well organized and excellent presentation of information. Instructors are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their area of expertise. [The Program Director] and [Program Coordinator] were excellent to work with. It has been a great pleasure taking this course and meeting [the staff] and my classmates. I recommend anyone to take this course for personal and career development. Thanks!”
Lish Sabb, II, EMT-P, Allendale County EMS

“This course has given me the foundation I was looking for to be an effective and competent leader.”
Debra Stephenson, Captain, Pender EMS & Rescue, Inc.

“As a supervisor within my agency, the EMS Management Institute will greatly help me in working both with upper management as well as employees. It will also help me to continue to develop my career and my future within EMS.”
Carl McKnight, Captain/Operations Supervisor, Lincoln County EMS

“The course will really assist me in doing my job every day. The instructors were excellent, the topics were relevant, and class interaction made the class enjoyable. They also created a great atmosphere of learning and discussion.”
Steven M. Kincaid, Senior Paramedic/Tactical EMS Specialist, Durham County EMS

Also graduating this spring were 36 students from the 5th graduating class of UNC Charlotte’s Fire & Rescue Management Institute. The program began in 2006-2007 and is offered in partnership with the university’s Fire Safety Engineering Technology program. Students travelled to Charlotte from across North and South Carolina and Tennessee to attend.

The Fire & Rescue Management Institute kicked off with a keynote address by former US Fire Administrator and current Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran (pictured below) who spoke to over 150 program alumni and enrolled students on “Becoming Fully Involved” as leaders in the fire service.

Over a course of 12 days throughout the fall and spring, students participated in professional development courses including recruiting and retaining, leadership ethics, strategic planning and goal-setting, risk management and safety, media relations, effective training, and finance and budgeting, to name just a few. Instructors included UNC Charlotte faculty, HR trainers and facilitators, and distinguished fire service instructors from Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and Massachusetts including Chief John Sullivan from the Worcester Fire Department (pictured right).

Participants from North Carolina also earned credits toward NC Fire Officer III certification as the program was approved last year by NC OSFM for 85% of required credits toward the classification. The program plans to adjust curriculum for 2011-2012 to cover all required NC Fire Officer III credits. The Class of 2011 had many positive experiences to share:

“I feel that this was one of the best management classes I have attended and would recommend it to all officers and upcoming officers.”
Scott Trombley, Lieutenant, Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department

“Outstanding program with knowledgeable, motivated instructors. I recommend this program to anyone wishing to further their fire service education.”
Karl Heffelfinger, Fire Captain, City of Hickory Fire Department

“The Fire & Rescue Management Institute offered a well-rounded educational curriculum for leaders of the paid and volunteer fire service. The logistics of the program were of the highest professional standards; a few of the instructors were nothing short of “OUTSTANDING.”
Daniel Laszlo, Battalion Chief, Greensboro Fire Department

“I am taking away a new perspective on leadership in the fire service. I cannot wait to see some of these ideas implemented.”
Kurt Boyles, Engineer, Lincolnton Fire Department

“Many thanks to the staff, who have done an outstanding job with this program. The topics and highly qualified instructors make this program a great benefit to the leaders and future leaders in the fire service.”
K. Carey Ballew, Assistant Fire Chief, Pelham Batesville Fire Department (SC)

Congratulations to all the 2011 graduates from both the EMS Management Institute and the Fire & Rescue Management Institute.

Registration for the 2011-2012 is now open at http://ContinuingEd.uncc.edu/ and interested participants may contact Program Director Karri Murray by phone at (704) 687-8925 or email at [email protected].

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