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Did you know Oklahoma State University (OSU) is home to the nation’s first ABET accredited Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (FPST) program? The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities knows. Recognizing the program as a "national treasure whose work is of great national importance", the Honorable Adair Wakefield Margo (Chairman, 2000-2008) praised OSU for preparing graduates who safeguard art, history and the public. OSU graduates protect people and property throughout the world from fires, chemical releases, floods, and other disasters. They’ve also protected historic structures such as the Statue of Liberty and priceless artifacts inside the Smithsonian Institution.
The FPST program is widely recognized as a world leader in preparing students for careers in fire protection, safety, industrial hygiene/exposure science, and the fire service. FPST alumni are employed across the globe in consulting, academia, government, industry, healthcare, and other sectors. Established in 1937, the FPST program is the oldest fire/safety related program in North America.
In 2010, James Shannon, President of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) declared that OSU Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology is the "Standard of Quality in the Profession." In 1943, Horatio Bond, Chief Engineer for NFPA, spent the summer with FPST program faculty to study the effects of fire bombings during World War II for his writings on the use of fire in warfare. It was at the end of that summer that he named Oklahoma State University the "West Point of the Fire Service," equating the FPST program to the fire service what West Point Military Academy is to the military.