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Walden Magazine // Jul 09, 2014

From the Field: In the Line of Fire

An alumnus shares how his master’s has improved his work as a deputy fire chief.

“I started in 1988 as a volunteer firefighter and am now a deputy fire chief; I’ve worked my way up the ranks. I assist with our department’s disaster preparedness programs. When community members donate houses like this one, I help lead the training burn. Situations like these are the real deal—we face falling ceilings and crumbling wood structures. Our goal is to stay low when we enter the structure; you never know what the atmosphere will be like. We always start with a safety talk and a walk-through and end with a debriefing. It’s a learning process from the time you arrive to the time you leave. If you’re prepared, through education and training, you will be in a better position to meet your goals.”

— Glenn Polk ’07 is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate and deputy fire chief of administration with the Spalding County Fire Department in Georgia

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