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 toward:


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.

Textbooks and Materials

This course does not require textbooks.


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.