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Mustang fire captain accepted into national academy

Captain Craig Carruth will be heading to Emmitsburg, Maryland this November to take classes at the National Fire Academy.
The National Fire Academy (NFA) is a school for people who are involved in fire prevention and control, emergency medical services, fire-related emergency management activities or aligned professions, according to their website, www.usfa.fema.gov.
Carruth decided to apply for a new program NFA is starting after Chief Carl Hickman sent an email out to the department about it.
“I was just very interested in the course. It’s going to help overall with being able to not only continue my career, but help the community,” he said. “There’s a lot of leadership involved, there’s a lot of addressing issues—modern issues, community risks—and there’s a lot of stuff that’s going to help me in my career but also the community as a whole. I think it’s going to help me just be a better officer if you will.”
To qualify for the classes, applicants had to meet multiple prerequisites. Carruth met most of them, but has to take two more classes that aren’t offered in Oklahoma.
“I’m just happy I did get accepted,” he said.
The NFA program is a two-year course. He’ll go for two weeks in November then for another two weeks next year. At the end of the course he’ll have a community-focused capstone project. Carruth said for the project, he’ll have to sit down and think about a problem in the community that needs to be worked out then he’ll have to research that problem and come up with a way to address it.
“Like I said, it’s just going to help me be a better officer. It’ll help me serve the community better and serve the guys better. When I think about being a better officer, to me it’s about serving the guys I’m responsible for. So if I can be a better service to them through this course than I’ve met my goal,” he said.
Carruth said he hasn’t told many people about him being accepted because he “doesn’t like to toot any horns,” but Chief Hickman, his family and the guys at the department he has told have been supportive and excited about it.
Carruth started his fire career at the Mustang Fire Department about 18 and a half years ago.
“The good thing is that Mustang Fire Department gave me my start in the fire service. I’ve been here since day one and I’ve enjoyed this fire department and this community. It just means a lot to have started here and I’ll finish here,” he said. “It’s been a great place to work.
“The Mustang Fire Department has made a good name for itself. Not only in the fire world, but the EMS world as a whole. We’ve got a good name and it’s good to be part of that.”

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