Chief Jon Dorman addresses how to balance booksmarts and practical fireground skills

Higher education can serve as a springboard to new fire service opportunities while complementing hands-on training

On this episode of the Side Alpha Podcast, Chief John Dorman digs into the debate about balancing education and hands-on training, outlining some of the ways higher education can complement fireground skills. Dorman details what firefighters should look for in a higher education institution or program, plus the pros and cons of online learning versus in-person courses.


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