By Lars Dalseide | October 14 2012 12:38

NRA life of duty Trial by Fire

NRA Life of Duty focuses specifically on those who spend their days protecting, defending and fighting for the safety of the American people. From first responders to military personnel, Smoke Jumpers to SWAT teams, there are thousands of men and women out there who perform their roles without much recognition by the general public.

Some of those people get their start at the Oklahoma State University's Fire Protection and Safety Technology Department (FPST) ... the only one of its kind the United States. Students in the program do more then learn about fire.

"The hands on portion of this program is what sets it aside," said one professor. "One of the things that we do quite often is burn things.

"You're going to know more then what's in that book. You're going to learn how to apply what's in the book to real-life situations. We do prepare them academically, but more importantly we train them to go out and do the job they're expected to do."

Started in 1937 as a state program, it has been referred to as the West Point of Fire Protect. With a history that reaches from the firebombing of London during World War II to leading the rescue and recovery effort at ground zero on September 11th, the Oklahoma State University's Fire Protection and Safety Technology Department is unlike any other.

See more on NRA Life of Duty's Trial by Fire.

NRA life of duty Trial by Fire

See the story of the Oklahoma State alum who led the rescue and recovery effort at ground zero following 9/11 here.

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