Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, FEMA's National Fire Academy

by John Morton

DomPrep's John Morton met with Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, FEMA's National Fire Academy

DomPrep has divided the 25 minute interview into four segments.

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Listen to Audio Segment One The National Fire Academy’s (NFA’s) Emergency Response to Terrorism Curriculum

Dr. Onieal discusses professional development of skills for terrorist-incident response in the context of development of standard fire-service skills. An overview of the NFA curriculum and the linkages to state training systems.

Duration: 9 Minutes 45 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Two Academic Initiatives to Professionalize the Fire Service

The Professional Development Model curriculum for college-level fire science students. Oklahoma State University’s international journal of fire-service leadership and management.

Duration: 5 Minutes 15 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Three Standards and Credentialing

How NFA courses meet and/or exceed National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. NIMS training for performance and compliance. Credentialing for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201, the Personalentity Verification (PIV) card, whichentifies minimum standards that need to be met for a firefighter’sresponse to a national event.

Duration: 5 Minutes 54 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Four Training Information and Sharing and NFA’s Higher Education Program

The Training Resource and Data Exchange (TRADE) network--information sharing for training issues. The NFA’s Higher Education Program - college-credit courses.

Duration: 4 Minutes 13 Seconds

Dr. Denis Onieal was appointed Superintendent of the National Fire Academy in 1995. A native of Jersey City, he has been a career firefighter since 1971, rising through the ranks to become Deputy Fire Chief in 1991, and acting Chief of a Uniformed Force of 600. He has spent his entire thime "in the street" as a line fire officer. He earned a Doctorate degree in Education from New York University, a Master's degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor's degree in Fire Administration from Jersey City State College. He was a professor in the Master and Doctorate degree programs in education at the New York University prior to his appointment, and has over 20 publications in the field.