In recognition of a lifetime of service to both LSU and the Louisiana fire service community, the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute (FETI) was renamed the Carrol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute Monday, July 30, 2012. Mr. Herring was hired as a coordinator to the newly-formed LSU Firemen Training program on October 1, 1963. Prior to accepting the position, Mr. Herring spent 15 years in the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Shortly after his hire, Herring toured the state to determine fire service training needs and created a Standard Training class which was widely used and quickly adopted by the Louisiana fire service.
In 1969, Herring became 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 both building the props and programs which make the institute the go-to agency for fire, medical, and rescue training, and building the outstanding reputation earned by LSU Firemen Training on national and even international levels.
Carrol Herring resigned from his LSU post in 1981 when appointed State Fire Marshal by Governor Dave Treen. He served as Fire Marshal until his retirement with the State of Louisiana in 1990. His retirement, however, was short lived. In 1999, Mr. 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.
Mr. Herring passed away December 26, 2013.