FESHE Recognition

Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, was the first four-year institution in the United States to receive Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition. We've earned FESHE recognition by developing a B.S. in Fire Science program with core courses based on the FESHE National Professional Development Model. As such, our program aligns with the FESHE mission to:

"Establish an organization of post-secondary institutions to promote higher education and to enhance the recognition of the fire and emergency services as a profession to reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards."

How We Attained FESHE Recognition

To attain FESHE recognition, our distinguished faculty developed the required courses to meet:

In addition to receiving FESHE recognition, we continually evaluate and update the coursework you will complete in the online bachelor's degree in fire science. This process helps us refine our curriculum to focus on addressing today's fire and emergency services challenges.

Our faculty has extensive fire service experience, allowing us to deliver an educational experience worthy of our program's FESHE recognition. Our faculty will assist you in developing advanced emergency and fire service skills, elevating how you respond to day-to-day responsibilities. What's more, the online fire science bachelor's program lays the framework for your future professional development and promotion.

How Our FESHE-Recognition Can Impact Your Future

The U.S. Fire Administration's website outlines the significance of FESHE recognition to fire service and your career. Because we've designed the coursework based on the National Professional Development Model, completing our program can help you:

  • Pursue a high-quality degree that follows standards of excellence for fire service education
  • Make workforce safety a central part of your organization's culture
  • Follow a professional development model that enables you to reach your career potential

Of course, our FESHE recognition is just one benefit that sets us apart from other schools with fire science programs. Anna Maria College is also regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, which signals the quality of our curriculum.

FESHE Certificate of Completion

Successful completion of FESHE-recognized courses will be acknowledged by the National Fire Academy (NFA) with the issuance of certificates of completion. These certificates are beneficial as you build your resume or pursue an Executive Fire Officer (EFO) candidacy. Completing coursework with FESHE recognition can also help if you seek waivers for graduate courses.

To receive a certificate of completion, you will need to obtain or register for a Student Identification (SID) number from FEMA and fill out this application form (questions 1–11 and 18) for each course. Be sure to write the FESHE course code instead of the Anna Maria College BSFS course number. You can find a list of the BSFS courses and their respective FESHE course codes here. Mail completed forms to:

Anna Maria College
Lori Farrar
50 Sunset Lane, Box H
Paxton, MA 01612

The Dean or Program Head will sign your forms and forward them to the NFA Admissions Office. Upon processing, FESHE will mail a certificate to you at the end of each course.