LA County Fire Department and Purdue Global launch educational partnership for firefighters

June 3, 2024

Launch of educational program for firefighters

The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) has announced a partnership with Purdue Global, an extension of Purdue University’s education programs.

As reported by the LA County Fire Department, this collaboration aims to provide extended education opportunities for firefighters and other working professionals in the fire service.

The new program, developed through a successful collaboration between LACoFD and Purdue Global’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, addresses the high demands and competing priorities that individuals in the fire service often face.

It offers tools and resources designed to reduce barriers to obtaining a degree, enabling more individuals to achieve their educational goals.

Visionary leadership of Captain David Parigan

Captain David Parigan of the LACoFD played a crucial role in developing this program.

He emphasized bridging the gap between departmental training and academic advancement by structuring a program that supports converting training courses into college credits for participants.

The initiative also includes tuition discounts for LACoFD employees and their spouses, enhancing access to higher education.

Captain Parigan, who is both a fire course instructor and a student at Purdue Global, exemplifies a commitment to continuous learning and professional growth.

He is expected to receive his bachelor’s degree this fall and plans to continue with Purdue’s master’s degree program.

Captain Parigan continues to lead instruction for company officers, firefighters, and other professionals, encouraging them to pursue their educational goals.

Benefits for LACoFD employees and their families

This initiative is part of a broader effort to support continuous development and professional growth within the fire service.

Captain Parigan’s leadership and mentorship have been instrumental in promoting this initiative.

His dedication to both teaching and learning serves as an inspiration to others in the fire service, encouraging them to advance their knowledge and skills.

Future prospects for the educational program

The LACoFD and Purdue Global partnership is set to continue expanding opportunities for firefighters and other fire service professionals.

By reducing educational barriers and providing practical support, the program aims to foster a culture of continuous learning and professional development within the fire service.

This initiative represents a significant step forward in supporting the career advancement and personal growth of those dedicated to public safety.

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