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FESA 492 - Seminar

  • 1 - 3 credits
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As personnel in the fire service advance in their career, they are called on to collect data and prepare a report document to be presented to others. This seminar class will provide students the format and opportunity to participate in a practical exercise to develop these skills.

The student will select a mentor within their fire department who will agree to provide guidance and assistance for this class.

The student will select a practical project subject.

Required data will be collected, organized, analyzed and developed into a document to be presented.

The presentation should be made to any party/department/agency other than the one in which the student works. For example, if the student is in the fire service, the presentation should be to the City Manager's office, to a local public school or to the building officials office to name a few.

The mentor will attend the presentation and provide an evaluation of the presentation.

The report document will submitted.


Written consent of instructor.

Important Information

Written consent of the instructor is enforced by the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship.

This course cannot be used towards the Fire and Emergency Services Administration Certificate. Certificate students will not be allowed to register.


Larry Grosse
Larry Grosse

Larry Grosse, Ph.D., began his fire service career as the organizer and manager of five volunteer fire departments for the Texas Youth Council facilities. During his tenure as the Chief of Construction for the Texas Youth Council, he was certified as an Advanced Fire Prevention Inspector by the Texas Commission on Fire Prevention Personnel Standards and Education. He led a research team at Texas A&M University that helped define the updated smoke detector requirements for residential occupancy. Dr. Grosse was an invited member of the National Smoke Detector Project sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Dr. Grosse served as a charter member of the National Fire Academy adjunct faculty, where he worked on a team that developed three courses offered by the National Fire Academy. In his role as an NFA adjunct faculty member, he taught the courses to fire personnel in 38 states.

For 15 years, he served as a professor and department head for the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University, then 12 years as a professor and department head of the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University. In this role, he created the Fire and Emergency Services Administration online degree program at Colorado State University. Since his retirement from CSU, he has continued to teach and serve as a program coordinator for the FESA program.