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UVU’s Utah Fire & Rescue Academy Three-Peats For Best In State Honors

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May 2, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert

Written by: Ken Sink

The Utah Fire & Rescue Academy at Utah Valley University has been recognized as Best of State for public safety in the community development – public sector, for the third year in a row.

“I am very proud of the Utah Fire & Rescue Academy team for this very prestigious award. UFRA provides an enormous service to our community here in Utah, and the academy magazine, Straight Tip, is just another example of the commitment the academy has made to all firefighters in our state”, said Wayne Dornan, dean of the College of Aviation & Public Services.

Representatives from the academy will accept the Best of State award Saturday, May 11, at the awards banquet in the Salt Lake Convention Center Ballroom. Steve Lutz, assistant director of certification with UFRA, and Andrea Hossley, managing editor of the UFRA publication Straight Tip, are planning to attend.

The awards aim to “inspire and engage community members to work hard toward improving the lives of others,” according to Best in State. UFRA will receive its third Best of State medal, a gold-plated bronze medallion, two inches in diameter.

UFRA trains fire service emergency responders, assists in the development of fire department leaders and develops courses and programs related to emergency and fire response. UFRA also maintains a certification program for fire service professionals.

Straight Tip provides information about the academy’s products and services to fire service professionals. “The magazine has a lot to do with winning the award,” said Hugh Conner, the academy’s director. “That is why Andrea Hossley always represents the Academy at the awards.”

With 370 faculty, instructors and staff, the Utah Fire & Rescue Academy at UVU has provided training to students in Utah and surrounding states since 1960. Courses are provided on-site and around the state to provide low-cost training to volunteer firefighters.

Utah FIre and Rescue Academy students, Scott Copeland and Logan Porter, training in fire fighting techniques.

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