August 8, 2005

A student, in black suit in center, practices handling the hose with instructors looking on in the burn building at the state Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg.
Trial by fire

Students in Columbus State's Fire Science associate degree program come in basically two categories: complete beginners who want to become firefighters or certified firefighter/EMTs, who are seeking promotion in their departments.

But the training still boils down to one important aspect, says faculty coordinator Carolyn Lingel. "In order to get trained in firefighting, something has to burn."

It's this key point that proves how important Columbus State's partnerships with local township and city fire departments are to the college.

Because Columbus State doesn't own fire training facilities, the college has developed partnerships with several outlying departments such as Westerville, Worthington, Madison Township, Washington Township, Alexandria, Mifflin Township and the state Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, to provide practice facilities, equipment storage, and access to fire engines, fire towers and "burn buildings."    

The department recently purchased a large supply of equipment, which Station 111 in Westerville stores for them--ladders, breathing apparatus, hoses, pickaxes, pike poles and nozzles. Most of the equipment was purchased in March for a total cost of $115,000, but a 1982 Sutphen fire engine from the city of Athens fire department, reconditioned and sold to Columbus State for $15,000 has not yet been delivered. "We hope to have it by the end of August," said Lingel.

The department will take the fire engine to training areas to pump water and carry equipment, explained Lingel.   It is a very important addition to the program, which, if new, would cost close to a quarter million dollars.

Columbus State's Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services programs are tightly intertwined, because most of the state and a good part of the nation provide "fire-based EMS" services, in which all personnel are certified firefighters and EMT basics, or paramedics, and respond to 911 calls. Students must become certified firefighters and hold EMT certification to become employed, said Lingel.

"Our partnerships with various fire departments also provide the paramedic field clinicals--our students ride along with these departments," she explained.

Several new partnerships are in the discussion stages for possible growth of the Columbus State program, including working with Orange Township FD, which may be building a new center complete with training facilities.  

But for now, Lingel is satisfied to be able to say that the Columbus State students taking the State Firefighting Certification Exam are performing at a 97 percent first-time pass rate.

No need to break a sweat for a healthier lifestyle

Looking to tame your exercise, fitness and diet plans without spandex, a gym membership, competition and sweat? And at no cost?

Human Resources, the Sports and Fitness Management Department, and the Health Care Committee are sponsoring Active Living courses that will help you become and stay active for a lifetime. By understanding your learning style, readiness to change, confidence and lifestyle, the Active Living courses will help you fit physical activity into your daily life. Past participants have found an improvement in their sleep, energy and concentration and a reduction in stress levels.

To participate in the course for Fall Quarter, go to CougarWeb and enroll in SFMT298: Active Living I. Sections are being offered Tuesdays 12 - 12:50 p.m. (SFMT298-005-23878) or 5 - 5:50 p.m. (SFMT298-006-23879).

To further develop a healthy lifestyle, Active Living II and Healthy Eating I will be offered during Winter Quarter, and Healthy Eating II will be offered Spring Quarter.

Tuition, textbooks and a pedometer will be provided free of charge to Columbus State full-time employees enrolled in the program. However, fee waiver request forms must be filled out in advance.

For more information about the Active Living courses, go to or contact David Litt, coordinator of sports & fitness management, at extension 3681.

Construction students to hear from job search coach

The Columbus State Student Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will host Janice Worthington, certified professional resume writer and job search coach, at the August 15 meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall B.

Worthington founded Worthington Career Services in 1973. She has been a career columnist for Business First , and has propelled the careers of job seekers nationally and internationally, with virtually all of the Fortune 500 companies. 

Students will be able to learn how to get a dream job, restart a career, and find out the latest in interview techniques. Construction Sciences students will also be available to answer questions about Student CSI.

CSI is an international group of design, construction, facility, and industry professionals dedicated to promoting construction communications from concept and design through facility management. For more information contact CSI faculty advisor Dean Bortz at

Woodwind Ensemble to perform tomorrow

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a 45-minute concert tomorrow, August 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The program will include the works of Handel, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky. Featured will be a quartet for piano and winds by American composer William Grant Still. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Thomas Lloyd, director, at