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Faculty member named Ohio’s fire service instructor of the year

Update | Monday, September 16, 2019

Columbus State adjunct faculty member Jay Compson has been named the State of Ohio’s Fire Service Instructor of the Year. He’ll be recognized at the Ohio Fire Academy on Wednesday, September 18. The recognition is presented to instructors who have made a significant impact within their local department and in fire education.

Compson has been a certified fire instructor since 2003 and has been teaching at the College since 2006. He provides instruction to students and fellow firefighters while serving as Lieutenant with the Westerville Division of Fire, adjunct faculty member at Columbus State, and advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

At Columbus State, Compson is active in Firefighter I & II courses and teaches the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Course: Fire Behavior and Combustion. He has made it his mission to raise awareness about firefighter suicide and mental health issues. Compson speaks to assemblies of doctors, therapists, and experts in the field of mental health in hopes of creating programs geared specifically to the fire service where he also shares the struggles that firefighters experience daily.


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