FESA 335 - Trends in Fire Science Technologies

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lStudents learn a variety of analytic tools designed to help them evaluate, align, select, and implement emerging fire-science technologies.

The purpose of this course is to expose fire science students to a variety of emerging technologies related to their field of study. Each student is given the opportunity to explore a specific technology. This approach is designed to provide each student with a technical overview and an area of specific specialization (this specialization is typically in a technology area designated by their department).

In addition, students are given an introduction to techniques for evaluating (benchmarking) and diffusing technology. These management practices allow students to evaluate, align, and implement a selected technology. Management strategies include how to effectively impact the change process associated with any technical innovation.

Upon completion of the course students are able to:

  • Define and identify emerging/leading technologies in the area of fire science
  • Understand the benchmarking process for evaluating current and future direction
  • Understand principles of change management in order to diffuse innovative technologies
  • Develop a strategy for implementing new technologies within an organization
  • Explore and understand a variety of fire science technologies

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Randy Callahan


Randy Callahan started his fire career in 1979. He has diverse experiences which include volunteer, industrial, combination, and career fire departments. Originally from Michigan, Randy spent twenty-three years at Poudre Fire Authority (PFA) in Fort Collins, Colorado. During his time at PFA, he served as a firefighter, driver/operator, captain, and shift battalion chief. He retired as PFA’s Training Chief in 2017 where he was responsible for training, education, and certification programs for PFA employees.

With a commitment to lifelong learning, Randy has earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies from California State University – Long Beach (2009), a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University – Global Campus (2013), and a Chief Fire Officer Credential – Center for Public Safety Excellence (2016).

Since his retirement from PFA, Randy has served as Interim Fire Chief for Boulder Rural Fire Rescue, next to Boulder Colorado, and as Interim Fire Chief for Colorado River Fire Rescue on the western slope of Colorado. In each of these roles, Randy assisted in finding permanent fire chiefs for the respective agency.

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