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Bret Murphy, M.Ed.
Dean of Business and Technology


"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. " — Calvin Coolidge 30th President


A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."


Contact Information

Office Location: EIT 254, Elko Campus
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  • MEd, University of Nevada Reno, 1993
  • Bachelor Tech., Montana State University Northern, 1982


Recommended Reading

  • Flight of the Intruder, Stephen Coonts
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , Dr. Stephen R. Covey
  • 30,000 on the Hoof, Zane Grey
  • The Delta Star, Joseph Wambaugh
  • The General's Daughter, Nelson DeMille
  • Word of Honor, Nelson DeMille
  • Charm School, Nelson DeMille
  • Airframe, Michael Crichton
  • Deep Survival, Laurence Gonzales


Recommended Web Links

Bret Murphy photo.


  • Snowmobiling, Wakeboarding, Hunting, and Camping with Family
  • Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department (SCVFD) Fire Chief
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Advanced
  • Skill USA Board of Directors
Honors and Awards
  • Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) National Gold Medalist - Heavy Equipment Repair 1981
  • Recognized by the Nevada Technical Education Association as Outstanding Technical Educator 1999


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DT 203B
Title:Diesel Shop Management
FS 114B
Title:Incident Command System
FT 109B
Title:Internship in Fire Service
FT 110B
Title:Basic Wildland Fire Fighting
FT 111B
Title:Portable Pumps
FT 112B
Title:Power Saws
FT 113B
Title:Basic Air Operations
FT 115
FT 116
FT 117
FT 218
INT 100
Title:GBC Orientation
Catalog Description: An introduction to GBC and its programs and services. The goal of the course is to achieve student success. (Required for first-time full-time students and for part-time degree-seeking students before they complete 24 credits.) No prerequisite. [S/U]
IT 208B
Title:Fluid Power
WF 205
Title:Fire Operations in the Urban Interface
WF 260
Title:Fire Business Management Principles
WF 280
Title:Fire Service Leadership

Photo Gallery

Stan Popeck photo.
Our Good Friend Stan Popeck
Nature Man in the Rubies.
Nature Man
Murphy Moose photo.
Squirrel, Moose or both
visiting the USS Shoup.
Navy Seal ?- No, just visiting the USS Shoup.
Hunter on horseback.
Buck in the front yard photo.
In my front yard
Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief.
SCVFD Fire Chief
Full moon photo.
Deer hiding in the scrub.
Bret working at Burning Man.
Working at Burning Man 2014
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