New education requirements send Baltimore firefighters back to school

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In order to join a fire department, individuals typically have to hold a high school diploma, pass a series of tests, complete extensive firefighter training and meet several other requirements. While most firefighters are not expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree program, more departments are requiring individuals who wish to advance their careers to earn this undergraduate credential, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

This is now the case for Maryland’s Baltimore City Fire Department, where an effort is underway to increase current workers’ level of education, as well as the educational standards of the department on the whole, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“It’s not your father’s fire department anymore,” Chief James S. Clack, a college graduate, told the news source. “In order to prepare the next generation of leaders, they’ve got to get formal education in addition to their experience in the field.”

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