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Caroline Reed appointed director of Fire Service Training at OSU

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Caroline Reed appointed director of Fire Service Training at OSU

Fire Service Training (FST) and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at Oklahoma State University are pleased to announce Caroline Reed as the new director of FST.

Reed has been with FST for 16 years serving in multiple capacities.  She served as the assistant director from 2013 to 2019, administrative manager from 2004-2013, and certification coordinator from 2003-2004.

Reed has been contributing to OSU’s fire protection programs for more than two decades. She has earned three degrees including an associate’s degree in fire protection and safety engineering (2002), a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications (1995) and a master’s degree in occupational education (1998).

She has written numerous grants generating over $3M in funding, including the Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grant, the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants, the FEMA States National Fire Academy Grant, the PHMSA Grant, grants from the Oklahoma State Health Department and the Fire Fighter Safety Solutions.

She holds certifications in Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Fighter 1, Instructor 1, Suites for Admin Finance 1, and E212 Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs.

She currently serves on the OSU-OKC Fire Protection Advisory Boards, Oklahoma All Hazards Incident Management team, and is an AHIMT Oversight Committee member.  She also serves as Technical Advisor for Council on Firefighter Training and is an IFSAC Chair for the Information Technology Committee.

Reed has been deployed on various occasions for emergencies including the Moore tornadoes, Freedom Fire, Hurricane Harvey in Rockport Texas, and the 2019 floods in Oklahoma.

“Caroline has always demonstrated her dedication to the emergency responder community with the highest level of professionalism”, said Johnny Vaughn, deputy director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security.  “Being an Oklahoma firefighter herself she has always been dedicated to bringing quality training to all levels of the fire service, career or volunteer with the overarching goal of safety for the responders.  She has always been a strong supporter for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security and continually works with the Training and Exercise Division to provide training opportunities for the state”.

Assistant Dean of CEAT Ed Kirtley praises Reed, “Caroline has been with FST for many years and understands the needs of Oklahoma’s emergency responders”.

Reed came to OSU to play softball for the Cowgirls, winning a College World Series placement ring during her pitching days.  OSU’s fire service academic programs attracted her to Stillwater when she was a heavily recruited athlete in Olympia, Washington. 

FST is housed within CEAT and operates as an extension unit of the college. FST has a legislative mandate to train Oklahoma’s emergency responders, and provides Oklahoma emergency responders a broad spectrum of training ranging from the basic skills to more advanced specialized topics.

FST’s long-standing commitment of service to Oklahoma paid and volunteer firefighters extends to emergency responders outside of the traditional realm.  In January 1997, FST created the Industrial Section to serve emergency responders in commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental entities.  From industrial fire brigade fundamentals, to more advanced topics in fire, rescue, incident management, industrial medic, hazardous materials and response to terrorism, FST takes innovative market oriented approaches to serve the industry’s emerging demands for first responder training. 

Media Contact:  Kristi Wheeler | CEAT Marketing | 405-744-5831 | kristi.wheeler@okstate.edu | 

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