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"The education that I received at Lake Superior State University has opened many doors for me. I have worked with Firefighters and Paramedics for over thirty years as a co-worker, educator, and student. I have been very blessed in my life to have these opportunities. I truly believe that education is the cornerstone of everyone’s career and LSSU provides the best.

My future goals are to become the Director of a Fire Science program and follow in the footsteps of the great educators that I have had the privilege of learning from. This will not be easy, but I believe that these Professors have prepared me to be successful. My achievements will be a direct result of the knowledge that they have bestowed upon me. It will then be my obligation to share this knowledge with others. ”

Keith M. Campbell '07


Fire and hazardous materials response coordinator for the U.S. Navy based in Bahrain

Fire Science

LSSU was the first university in the United States to offer an accredited four year degree in Fire Science
Faculty and Staff
Real Life Experience

Paige Gordier

Dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies
Department Head of School of Criminal Justice & Fire Science
BS 1988, Lake Superior State University
MA 1989, PhD 1992, Sam Houston State University


Terry Heyns

AB 1965, Saint Louis University
MA 1967, University of Kansas
PhD 1989, Kansas State University
National Certification as a Fire Service Instructor
Professional Fire Service Qualifications Board
Certified Fire Instructor in Michigan


Roger Land

Associate Professor
BS 1972, Brigham Young University
MS 1974, University of Utah


James Schaefer

Assistant Professor
BS 1995, Lake Superior State University; MA 2000,
University of Toledo; Ph.D 2006, University of Toledo



All of the fire science professors have been career firefighters and two have been chiefs of their former departments. Their experience is second to none, as is their teaching.

Educating the Future

"The Fire Science Program at Lake Superior State University is outstanding as it combines the practical skills needed in the fire service as well as a strong academic degree. The graduates are the fire chiefs and administrators of the future."

--Paige Gordier
Department Head

Fire Science with Honors...

SavannahSue Rondeau Fire Science

"I love the fast pace environment, the people in the profession, and the adrenaline rush of running into a burning building or saving someone’s life," she says. Rondeau chose Lake Superior State University because it offers the first accredited four-year fire science degree in the United States. She also jumped at the challenge of LSSU's Honors program, which requires her to complete 21 Honors credits, including 10 credits for an Honors seminar/thesis project. [ more ]

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