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In Honor of Former Fire School Chief, The ASSE Foundation Announces New Scholarship For Fire Protection Students at Oklahoma State University
Des Plaines, IL (November 14, 2008) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced the establishment of a new $1,000 Archie Moore Scholarship by the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Ranger Fire School Instructors. The scholarship will be offered to full-time undergraduate students studying fire protection and safety engineering technology at OSU in Stillwater, OK.

The scholarship was named in honor of Chief Archie Moore who dedicated his professional career to promoting Liquid Petroleum (LP) Gas safety because he had witnessed his parents die in an LP Gas transport accident. Moore also worked on regulations regarding LP Gas transportation and handling for the State of Oklahoma and served on a team of three emergency responders for the Rock Island Railroad. His team responded to many train derailments throughout the Midwest and protected towns from LP Gas explosions.

While working for Ranger Insurance, which was one of the leading insurance companies of LP Gas dealers throughout the U.S., he designed a traveling LP Gas Fire School for firemen as part of his duties. Initially, the fire school was a full time traveling school that worked with both volunteer and paid fire departments throughout the lower 48 United States. Chief Moore eventually made the school into a summer program hiring summer instructors from the Fire Protection and Safety Technology Program at OSU. Each year, Chief Moore would hire two to three students to crisscross the United States and hold the Fire Schools on a nightly basis. The firemen received hands-on training at the Fire School and were taught how to use water spray patterns in a safe manner. During Moore’s tenure as Chief, the Ranger Fire School trained more than 145,000 firefighters.

“Chief Moore was an excellent role model for these college men and women,” said ASSE Fire Protection Practice Specialty Member Michael Messner, CSP, CFPS, who served as one of the OSU Ranger Fire School Instructors for two summers while studying fire protection and safety technology at OSU. “He was always trying to improve the Fire School to give the firemen the best training possible. It is that level of professionalism that Chief Moore instilled in his instructors that have made many of them a success in their professional lives. This scholarship was established to encourage excellence in college students.”

Former OSU Ranger Fire School Instructors Messner, Scott Lybarger, Denise Brown, and Greg Duncan, who is also an ASSE member, spearheaded the project to establish the Archie Moore Scholarship, contacting former instructors to help endow the award.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.

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