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UNH Fire Science Programs among 16 in U.S.

Release Date:
7/10/2014 12:00 AM

Recognized by the National Fire Academy, a Division of Homeland Security

Fire science, features

July 10, 2014

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – The University of New Haven has been recognized by the National Fire Academy, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for its associate degree in fire science and bachelor’s degree in fire science with a concentration in fire administration. 

UNH is one of only 16 four-year schools in the United States to receive the recognition for its bachelor’s degree, which is presented to programs that comply with the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education model.

Peter J. Struble, a lecturer in fire science and the coordinator of UNH’s paramedicine program, said the recognition is important because it makes it possible for students to get credit for their UNH-related work at state fire academies and the national fire academy.

Dennis Onieal, Peter Struble, fire science
Photo shows Dennis Onieal superintendent of the National Fire Academy (left) and Peter Struble, UNH lecturer.

Colleges recognized by the federal agency have programs that emphasize firefighting response, fire prevention and fire administration and emergency medical services management degree programs. The mission of the USFA is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.

The recognition was presented to Struble at the academy in Emittsburg Md. last month.

Although America's fire losses represent a dramatic improvement over the last 40 years, America's fire death rate is one of the highest per capita in the industrialized world. Fire kills 3,400 and injures 17,500 people each year, as well as 100 firefighters. Property losses due to fire cost more than $12 billion a year.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.