MSSU, City of Joplin to graduate first students from newly established Firefighter Certificate program

Later this morning, Missouri Southern State University in Joplin will recognize students who’ve completed the inaugural Firefighter Certificate program. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Earlier this year, the College of Health Sciences at MSSU announced a partnership with the Joplin Fire Department and the City of Joplin to create a regional fire academy. Prior to the creation of the Fire Certificate program in Joplin, the nearest similar courses were a 3 to 4 hours drive. The first of 12 students started their Fire I class this summer, followed by the Fire II class this fall.

During the ceremony, the first recipient of the Steve Fierro Endowed Memorial Scholarship Award will be announced. Fierro, a Carthage firefighter, died in the line of duty in 2004. The scholarship will be given each year to a graduate of the fire academy. This presentation will take place this morning at 10 AM at Joplin’s public safety training facility located at 5102 Swede Lane. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

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