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"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
Senior Projects
Our Students are Prepared!

A strong program in a demanding field


The fire service is now demanding more academic preparation from the people employed in this field.  A bachelors degree allows our graduates to enter many areas of the fire service and also prepares them for promotion to higher ranks within fire science.

Examples of projects which have been done recently include:

  • Site plans for hazardous materials sites
  • Emergnecy planning for school districts
  • Development of fire education planning
  • Statistical analysis of fire and emergency medical runs to better serve the community & determine where fire stations should be located


"Lake Superior’s Fire Science program prepares students through a variety of ways:

  • Broad outlook with liberal education to help foster personal development, mental growth, and a life-long learning.
  • Program taught by faculty currently working in fire & emergency response, and who have real-world experience.
  • Program combines challenging academics, hands-on approach, valuable co-operatives, and career preparation through personal growth and a world outlook, to prepare students for life after graduation."

--Kyle Ward
Fire Science Major

Paramedic student Megan Mandley listens for a blood pressure during paramedic skills and simulation lab session at Lake Superior State University. Emergency medical technicians take the lab to gain certification as a paramedic. LSSU Fire Science Instructor Dave Duncan teaches the class along with paramedics from the Sault, Mich., fire department. Mandley is a senior in fire science, with an associate's in paramedic technology, from Royal Oak, Mich. (By LSSU Student Photographer Geoff Girolamo)

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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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