EKU Online Fire Graduate Shares the Most Rewarding Aspects of the Degree Program
Chad Nash, who graduated with his bachelor’s in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology from EKU in December 2009, is a Fire Protection Specialist with the City of Edmond, Oklahoma. Chad is currently responsible for all fire alarm, sprinkler and suppression systems and the inspection of licensed facilities in the city, such as hospitals, day cares and long-term care facilities.
“Thanks to the deeper knowledge of construction and the code language that I’ve gained from my courses at EKU, as well as an understanding how fire behaves, I can effectively inspect buildings to help prevent the spread of fire,” said Chad.
“Additionally, the fire administration and tactics classes showed me how the fire service departments truly operate and how access needs to be achieved, which I can relate back to the prevention side.”
Graduates of this program often work with architects, engineers and officials to investigate fire damage, analyze why protective measures failed, and ultimately decide how new measures could be designed more effectively in the future.
“The most rewarding aspect of this degree program was the collaboration and peer interaction, which you wouldn’t expect in an online program,” added Chad. “I’ve formed some great relationships with other students through discussion boards or online projects – in fact, I’m excited about meeting a few of them at graduation this December!”