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Alum Success

"The education that I received at Lake Superior State University has opened many doors for me. I have worked with Firefighters and Paramedics for over thirty years as a co-worker, educator, and student. I have been very blessed in my life to have these opportunities. I truly believe that education is the cornerstone of everyone’s career and LSSU provides the best.

My future goals are to become the Director of a Fire Science program and follow in the footsteps of the great educators that I have had the privilege of learning from. This will not be easy, but I believe that these Professors have prepared me to be successful. My achievements will be a direct result of the knowledge that they have bestowed upon me. It will then be my obligation to share this knowledge with others. ”

Keith M. Campbell '07


Fire and hazardous materials response coordinator for the U.S. Navy based in Bahrain

Fire Science

LSSU was the first university in the United States to offer an accredited four year degree in Fire Science
Employers of Fire Science Graduates

Our graduates succeed!

Graduates of the fire science program are now working as fire chiefs, inspectors, homeland security officers, safety officers with industry and other government agencies, and training officers in many settings. Graduates have also gone on to pursue masters’ degrees and doctoral degrees as well.

  • Royal Oak Fire Department
  • City of DePere Fire Dept.
  • City of Monroe Firefighter
  • Farmer's Insurance
  • Springvale Fire Dept.
  • Sault Ste. Marie Fire Dept.
  • City of Kenosha Fire Dept.
  • Ann Arbor Fire Dept.
  • Bloomfield Township Fire Dept.
  • Fire Pro's Inc. - City of Portage
  • Iron Mountain Fire Dept.
  • City of Wayne Fire Dept.
  • Meridian Twp. Fire Dept.
  • Ann Arbor Fire Dept.
  • City of Birmingham Fire Dept.
  • City of Kenosha Fire Dept.
  • Marshall & Swift
  • State of Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes & Fire Safety
  • Defiance Fire Department, OH
  • City of Sault Ste. Marie Fire Dept.
  • Ludwig Explosives, Inc.
  • Sault Ontario Fire Dept.
  • Ford Rouge Fire Dept.
  • City of Mount Clemens Fire Dept.
  • Covert Twp. Fire Dept.
  • Dunwell Security
  • Beacon Ambulance
  • City of Coldwater Fire Dept.
  • City of Marquette Fire Dept.
  • Espanola Fire Dept.
  • Grand Traverse County Sheriff
  • Bloomfield Hills Public Safety
  • Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Michigan State Police
  • Oscoda County Sheriff Dept.
  • Algoma Family Services

Outstanding Fire Science Graduate...

John Whelan III

Whelan joins an elite corps of graduates who have received the award since 1995. The academic department's highest citation, as set by the faculty, acknowledges a student's professionalism and volunteerism as well as exceptional academic accomplishment. Whelan completed a summer 2009 internship with the New York Fire Department's Bureau of Fire Investigation, where he gained experience in arson investigation. He was also an assistant to the FDNY's chief fire marshal.

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