FESA 495 - Independent Study

  • 1 - 6 credits

Independent Study requires students to work on an individualized project with a FESA instructor of their choice. Possible projects could include research paper or presentation, program development and implementation, budgets for new resources, etc. Special projects assigned by a student’s fire department or employer may be considered for Independent Study coursework, at the instructor’s discretion. A maximum of 6 credits can be earned through FESA 495.

Students requesting an independent study must contact their desired supervising instructor and complete this agreement PRIOR to registering for FESA 495. To register, submit the completed form signed by both student and instructor to Rebekah Pichotta (rebekah.pichotta@colostate.edu). Rebekah will contact you with registration information.

This course can be applied towards:


Admission to the FESA BS program and written consent of instructor.

Important Information

Only students enrolled in the Fire and Emergency Services B.S. program are allowed to register. This course cannot be used towards the Fire and Emergency Services Administration Certificate. Certificate students will not be allowed to register.

Students must consult with an instructor prior to registering to determine scope of Independent Study project and possible credits earned.

Textbook and Materials

This course does not require textbooks.


Marion Blackwell

(864) 278-0126 | marion.blackwell@colostate.edu

Ph.D. Fire and Emergency Management Administration, Oklahoma State University; M.S. Executive Fire Service Leadership, Grand Canyon University; B.P.S. Fire Administration and Fire Prevention, University of Memphis; A.S. Criminal Justice, Spartanburg Methodist College; Executive Fire Officer Program, National Fire Academy.

Chief Blackwell began his fire service career as a volunteer in 1979 with the Chesnee, South Carolina Volunteer Fire Department. During his time with the Fire Department, he was appointed to Fire Chief in 1991, which he held until 1996.

In 1996, Chief Blackwell changed careers to a police officer with the City of Chesnee and was soon appointed Police Chief. Chief Blackwell has also held positions as Fire Chief at Athol, Idaho Fire Protection District, Assistant Fire Chief with Pantex Fire Department in Amarillo, Texas, and Fire Chief with the Northern Lakes Fire Protection District in Idaho. In 2007, Chief Blackwell was appointed Fire Chief of the Stillwater, Oklahoma Fire Department.

A new appointment for Chief Blackwell was made in January 2011. He now serves as Fire Chief of the Spartanburg, South Carolina Fire Department. In addition to his education, Chief Blackwell has been conferred the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence and granted Fellow status with the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Larry Grosse