LSU Fire & Emergency Training Institute Officially Renamed LSU Carol L Herring Fire & Emergendy Training Institute
BATON ROUGE – In recognition of a lifetime of service to both LSU and the Louisiana fire service community, the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute, or FETI, officially renamed its facility as the Carrol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute during a ceremony on Monday, July 30.
With numerous friends, family and members of the LSU, FETI and firefighting communities on hand, speakers lauded Herring’s efforts in the advancement of fire and emergency training services in Louisiana.
“For most everybody here, the name Carol L. Herring has been associated with the fire training program,” said Herring’s son, Joe. “Today is the day that we permanently attach that name to this program.”
A Varnado native, Carrol Herring was hired as a coordinator to the newly-formed LSU Firemen Training program on Oct. 1, 1963. Prior to accepting the position, Herring spent 15 years in the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Shortly after his hiring, Herring toured the state to determine fire service training needs and created a standard training class that was widely used and quickly adopted by the Louisiana fire service.
In 1969, Herring became the director of LSU Firemen Training and began to mold the program into one of the nation’s premier fire training organizations. He is credited with building the props and programs, which make the institute the go-to agency for fire, medical and rescue training, as well as with building the outstanding reputation earned by LSU Firemen Training on national and even international levels.
Herring resigned from his LSU post in 1981, when he was appointed State Fire Marshal by Gov. Dave Treen. He served as Fire Marshal until his retirement with the state of Louisiana in 1990. In 1999, Herring was called back to lead LSU Firemen Training – now known as LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute. He continued his legacy of service and commitment to the fire service until his second retirement, in 2005.
Joe Herring also described his father as “a man with incredible determination, someone who finds joy in helping other people, a man of honor and personal integrity and a father that my sister and I could always trust and respect.”
Thomas Stone, chief of the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department, expressed his admiration for Herring, who he noted served as state fire marshal under three different Louisiana governors.
“What a fitting tribute to a great man,” Stone said of Herring. “He’s done a great job in improving fire service in Louisiana, especially in training. The rookie academy here at LSU is one of the best in the U.S. I should know, because I’ve had rookies from almost every academy class in my department in the 22 years that I’ve been chief. This is a great foundation that Mr. Herring started for young fire fighters beginning their careers.”
Stone discussed the center’s growth to serve both national and international students, and also cited Herring’s efforts to help his own department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“LSU became the staging area for all of the volunteer firefighting task forces that came into Louisiana to be deployed,” Stone said. “After six days of only seeing military helicopters to help us, I got a call from one of Mr. Herring’s instructors at 3 a.m., telling me they’re coming down Parish Road and bringing 30 apparatuses from Illinois and a task force. It’s a sight I’ll never forget.”
LSU Chancellor Mike Martin thanked Herring for his passion and commitment, noting that he has helped to grow FETI’s role not only in the university setting, but beyond.
“The mark of a truly great Land Grant university is that it engages beyond its campus and changes the lives of its students and others across society,” Martin said. “When I came to LSU, one of the things I was most impressed with was how FETI reaches out as part of the Land Grant mission and makes a difference every day. By celebrating this institution, we’re celebrating what a great university does. It also says something when an institution can associate itself through a naming opportunity like this with someone who has made such a profound difference.”
After the speakers, Herring officially unveiled the new sign denoting the facility name in his honor, before a reception event held inside the main building.
The main FETI training facility is located three miles from the LSU main campus in Baton Rouge. One of only a few fossil-fueled training facilities left in the United States, FETI’s large-scale fire training props can both realistically simulate actual industrial emergencies and keep trainees safe through a series of engineered control systems. In 2007, LSU FETI opened the Pine Country training facility in Minden, La., to better serve the North Louisiana fire service. LSU FETI also places experienced fire training officers throughout the state to work one-on-one with regional fire chiefs to design personalized training unique to their respective departments.
LSU FETI reports to the Stephenson National Center for Security Research and Training, or SNCSRT. LSU established SNCSRT to coordinate efforts in security research and training. The university is currently a leader in providing training on anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism techniques and regularly supports projects initiated by state and federal law enforcement agencies.
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