2018 Burke County Fire & Rescue College

Cover of the 2018 Fire College BookletOctober 18-21, 2018

Foothills Higher Education Center • Morganton, NC

The Western Piedmont Community College Emergency Services Training Center and the Burke County Firefighters association proudly present the 2018 Fire and Rescue College, scheduled for October 18-21 at the Foothills Higher Education Center in Morganton (a map of the FHEC’s location is at the bottom of the page).

This page has complete information about the Fire and Rescue College. Just click on each gray topic bar below to expand the category to learn more about that section.

If you would like a printable version of the fire college brochure, you can download the file  (PDF document which can be opened by the free Adobe Reader software).

Forms You Will Need

Forms are in PDF format. They can be opened with the free Adobe Reader software.

  • Registration Form
    Please download, fill out, print, sign and have a department official sign this form, then submit it to WPCC.

 

Learn More About the 2018 College

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PAY ONLINE

Individuals and fire departments now have the option to pay for the Burke County Fire College online.

Please have the following information ready and enter it in the appropriate areas of the online payment form:

Student or Sponsor Name

If you are paying for yourself please enter your name as listed on your registration. (Example: John Smith)
If you are paying for a group of individuals, list the name of the organization in which you represent. (Example: Glen Alpine Fire Department)

Student ID

If you are paying for yourself please enter the 7 digit student ID listed on your registration statement. (Example: 0641121)
If you are paying for a group of individuals, please enter the number ( 9999999 ) as you will not have a student ID in the system.

Other Information

If you are paying for yourself please enter the term or the name of the class you are taking (Example: Fire College)
If you are paying for a group, please list the name of the class and the number you are paying for. (Example: Fire College – 10 individuals) This should match the number in the group that will be registered.

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Please enter all pertinent contact and card information. All  items with at * are required. Once your payment has been processed, the business office will receive an e-mail confirmation of the payment. We will send a copy of your payment confirmation to the Registrars Office.

To make an online payment, click or tap the button below:

 

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Dedication

Winfield Abee

Photo of Winfield AbeeThe 2018 Burke County Fire and Rescue College is dedicated to Chief Winfield Abee. Through the years Abee has served in a number of various capacities, including Fire & Rescue Instructor, President of the Burke County Firefighters Association, and Western Regional Fire and Rescue Training Coordinator for the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). Chief Abee served with the City of Newton Fire Department before his position with the NCCCS and retired in 2018.

Chief Abee has always had a passion for students and their ability to learn in a way that enables them to efficiently and effectively do their jobs. His delivery of teaching includes challenging the students to learn a number of different ways and then to share their knowledge. Chief Abee has been in the fire service since 1981 starting his career with Lovelady Fire and Rescue where he served in a number of Officer Positions including Training Officer and Chief of the Department.

Chief Abee was instrumental in the development of the WPCC Emergency Services Training Center and coordinated with college staff, county officials, and emergency responders to see the training center built. During his time with the NCCCS he was instrumental in assisting other colleges across the state with the justification, design, planning, and construction of their training centers.

Chief Abee also completed a research paper on the need for training centers across the state as part of his studies in the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy.

Through the years Chief Abee has been a vital part of the Burke County Fire and Rescue College and we are pleased to dedicate this year’s 2018 Fire and Rescue College to him as we celebrate our 26th Anniversary.


In Memory of Jason Keith Hensley
4/25/1977-10/9/2017

Photo of Jason Keith HensleyThe 2018 Burke County Fire College is dedicated to the loving memory of Triple Community Fire Department Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley who died in the line of duty on October 9th, 2017 at the age of 40. Jason was killed when he was struck by a motor vehicle on Highway 70 in Morganton while assisting with roadway clean up from a storm.

Jason was a member of Triple Community Fire Department for only 6 months when he was killed, but was a vital asset to the department. Prior to this he also worked as a mechanic for Gibby’s Automotive and would volunteer his time to service apparatus at a moment’s notice. He could always be counted on when the fire department needed an expert mechanic. He joined the department in March of 2017 when his son Jordan showed interest in becoming a junior firefighter.

Jason was loved by every member of the department and immediately became “one of the guys”. Jason attended fire classes with a tremendous enthusiasm. At the time of his death, he was just shy of obtaining his NC Firefighter certification. He was always
a team player and never turned down an opportunity to help his fellow man. Jason was the epitome of service; never turning down a chance to serve his community.

Jason is survived by his wife Lydia as well as his sons Zachary and Jordan Hensley. Jason is gone but will never be forgotten by the men and women he left behind.

Fire & Rescue College General Information
Sign for the Foothills Higher Education Center

The Foothills Higher Education Center

The Burke County Fire & Rescue College meets:

  • Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 South Sterling Street, Morganton, NC
  • Practical exercises and other demonstrations will be held at the Emergency Services Training Center and will be determined during class times.

 

Directions

From Interstate 40, take Exit 105. Turn right onto South Sterling Street. Travel through one stoplight and the Foothills Higher Education Center will be on your left

 

Cost

  • $15.00 per person – all emergency personnel
  • $70.00 per person – 1-24 hour class for non-emergency personnel or out-of-state-participants
  • Substitutions will be accepted for students who are unable to attend
  • Late registrations will be accepted if class size permits
  • Students should indicate a first, second, and third choice of classes

 

Minimum Age Requirement

Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age to enroll in the Burke County Fire and Rescue College.

Participants under 18 years of age may only enroll in classroom activities.

 

Emergency Contact Information

In the event that a student needs to be reached for an emergency while attending the Fire College, calls should be directed to (828) 448-6708.

For other questions, contact Todd Frizsell at (828) 448-6708.

 

Hotel Accommodations

Make your reservations early! The fall season brings many visitors to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to mention that you are attending the Burke County Fire & Rescue College.

 

Comfort Inns & Suites
Hwy 64 at 1-40, Exit 103
(828) 430-4000
Quality Inn
Hwy 18 S at 1-40, Exit 105
(828) 437-0171
Days Inn & Suites
Hwy 18 S at 1-40, Exit 103
(828) 430-8778
Sleep Inn
Hwy 18S at 1-40, Exit 105
(828) 433-9000
Hampton Inn
Hwy 18S at 1-40, Exit 105
(828) 432-2000
Fire & Rescue College Agenda

Agenda for the 2018 Burke County Fire & Rescue College

Thursday, October 18

  • 8:00 a.m. – Classes begin based on course description

Friday, October 19

  • 8:00 a.m. – Classes begin based on course description
  • 1:00 p.m. – Vendor Set-Up
  • 5:00 p.m. – Registration/Check-In in the FHEC Main Lobby

Saturday, October 20

Sunday, October 21

  • 7:30 a.m. – Registration/Check-In in the FHEC Main Lobby
  • 8:00 a.m.– Vendors Open
  • 8:00 a.m. – Classes begin based on course description
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. – Classes begin based on course description
Firefighter Certification Courses

Fire Department Orientation & Safety

* Full PPE required * • 16 Hours

Students will be exposed to the organizational structure and position roles of the fire and rescue service. Services provided and laws and regulations governing department functions will be covered. Various benefits and guidelines pertaining to departments and its members will be discussed. Students will become aware of the alarming rate at which fire and rescue personnel are injured or killed while performing duties. Case studies documenting incidents will be utilized to emphasize that safety is a number one priority in emergency services.
Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Wes Lail

Fire Alarms & Communications

16 Hours

This course will prepare students to efficiently understand and effectively manage both telephone calls for assistance and the use of 2 way communication systems employed by the fire service. Various types of alarm systems will be demonstrated to include the types of detectors utilized within those systems.
Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Brandon Edwards

Fire Behavior

12 Hours

Fire behavior forms the basis of many operations on the fire scene. A basic understanding of the chemical and physical nature of fire is required for safe and effective fire control. Participants will become familiar with terminology; the fire triangle and tetrahedron; the stages of fire and its conditions, signs, and indicators; and the transfer of heat.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  G. Winfield Abee

Portable Extinguishers

* Full PPE Required * • 8 Hours

Proper use of extinguishers can enable personnel to put out a small fire before it becomes life-threatening. Students will learn to identify the classes of fire and how to select the proper extinguishers to use for each fire class. Inspection, maintenance, and hydrostatic testing procedures will be explained. Practical exercises will be held off campus.
Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  G. Winfield Abee

Personal Protective Equipment

* Full PPE required including SCBA * • 20 Hours

This course will provide firefighters with knowledge and functionality of each piece of the PPE ensemble including SCBA as well as donning, doffing, care and maintenance. Information will cover hazardous elements and environments firefighters must face.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Rusty Reynolds

Forcible Entry

* Full PPE Required * • 14 Hours

Students participating in this course will be able to identify the different construction types of doors and windows as well as various locks and lock assemblies. Students will learn the proper techniques to force entry though these doors, windows, and locks using various tools carried on typical fire apparatus. Care and maintenance of forcible entry tools will also be covered. Practical exercise on Sunday will be held off campus.
Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun.y, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Jon Lowdermilk

Ventilation

* Full PPE with SCBA Required * • 20 Hours

The principles and types of ventilation including vertical, horizontal, natural, and mechanical will be introduced during this course. The need for automatic venting devices as well as ventilation of below grade structures and high rise buildings will be explained to give students a better understanding of the importance of ventilation during fire operations. Considerations in ventilating a building will be explored and students will be given opportunities to apply these principles during practical evolutions. Practical exercises on Sunday will be held off-campus.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Bryan Edwards

Ropes

12 Hours

Ropes serve a vital function in firefighting. This course covers various types, use, care and maintenance of fire service rope. Students will also learn various types of knots and their uses in firefighting applications.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Chris Allison

Ladders

* Full PPE Required * • 16 Hours

Ground ladders are an essential part of fire ground operations. This course will provide students with correct ladder identification, terminology, applications, carries, raises, care and maintenance.  Working individually and as a group, students will perform various carries, raises and lowers. Students will also perform various hose applications and victim/firefighter rescue techniques utilizing ground ladders.
Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Doug Price

Fire Hose Streams & Appliances

* Full PPE is required * • 20  Hours

This course will cover the use, care and maintenance of various types and styles of fire service hose, appliances and nozzles as outlined in NFPA 1962. Students will demonstrate proper hose lays for supply and attack operations and participate  in proper nozzle selection based on different fire scenarios. Proper fire stream production will also be demonstrated as well as various types of hose loads and finishes. Practical exercises on Sunday will be held off-campus.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Israel Gibson

Foam Fire Streams

* Full PPE required including SCBA * • 8 Hours

This course will provide the firefighter with understanding of various types of foam to include uses, application techniques and appliances used for application.
Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Jeff Barger

Loss Control

16 Hours

This course covers both Salvage and Overhaul and is designed to cover the indicators of structural instability while finding areas of hidden fires. In addition, the course covers scene preservation and property loss techniques.
Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  ESTC Staff

Emergency Medical Care

(FF I Certification) • 14 Hours

This course will provide the student with basic first aid skills including but not limited to: hemorrhage control, burns, poisons, basic airway management and AHA CPR certification for Healthcare Providers.
Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Marnie Price

Rescue

* Full PPE Required * • 20 Hours

Because of the dynamics of today’s fire service, firefighters respond to all types of emergencies. A firefighter’s first priority is life safety. This course is designed to teach firefighters methods of victim removal under various emergency conditions. Students will utilize various tools and equipment for gaining access to victims, and perform proper carries and drags for different injuries and situations. Students will also learn to assist with special rescues such as MVA’s, trench, elevator, and collapse rescue.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  ESTC Staff

Water Supplies

* Full PPE Required * • 20 Hours

Water is the most common extinguishing agent. This course will cover both municipal and rural water sources and their distribution systems. Students will discuss the different types of pressure as well as causes of increased friction loss. Hydrant flow calculations and proper maintenance requirements will be demonstrated. Students will participate in drafting procedures, tanker shuttle operations and relay pumping.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Chris Rhodes

Sprinklers

* Full PPE required * • 16 Hours

Students will become familiar with various types of automatic sprinkler systems and their applications as well as operation of the systems and stopping the flow of individual   activa-tions to prevent unnecessary water damage.
Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  David Smith

Fire & Life Safety Preparedness

12 Hours

This course will present students with requisite knowledge about fire prevention and life safety initiatives that firefighters  utilize during personal and group interactions with the citizens we serve.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Charles Autrey

Building Construction

16 Hours

This course will describe the basic structural characteristics of the different types of building construction. The firefighter  will be able to identify the general fire behavior  expected with each type of building construction, including the spread of fire and the safety of the building, occupants, and firefighters. Indicators of building collapses will also be covered.
Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Brian Carswell

Health & Wellness

8 Hours

Firefighting activities are physically and mentally strenuous. This course will inform and prepare students with skills necessary to maintain a well and healthy lifestyle.
Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Charles Autrey

Safety & Survival

* Full PPE required including SCBA * • 16 Hours

This course focuses on firefighter survival techniques and on identifying factors that place firefighters in dangerous situations.
Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructors:  Daniel Green

Mayday

* Full PPE required including SCBA * • 8 Hours

This course will identify simulated situations and parameters that constitute a Mayday call. Students will learn techniques and recommended guidelines for handling and functioning in a Mayday situation.
Fri., 1:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Instructors:  Daniel Green

Haz Mat Level I Responder

38 Hours

* Course begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 18 *

This course meets requirements  for OSHA 1910.120 and NFPA 472 2013 edition.  It is designed to develop, thorough competence for those who will respond to a hazardous material incident. It will also help to develop competencies to respond in a safe manner, help reduce the number of accidents and injuries, and help prevent exposure to hazardous material incidents. Students will use the DOT guidebook  in a practical exercise. This will be a fast-paced course and will require outside reading. The course will identify basic options, requirements, and limitations of the methods used to control,contain or confine a hazardous material incident. Practical exercise will be included.
Thu., 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Clay Greene

Fire Instructor I

27 Hours

This course covers the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to train others in fire service operations. Topics include planning, presenting and evaluating lesson plans, learning styles, use
of media, communication, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to meet the requirements of the Fire Instructor Level I objectives from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041. Textbook required: Fire and Emergency Services Instructor (8th), ISBN: 13-9780879394417 IFSTA. Book can be purchased through the NC Society of Fire Rescue Instructors by visiting www.ncsfri.org.
Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Instructor: Richard Carroll

Fire Instructor II

36 Hours

This course covers the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to train others in fire service operations. Topics include planning, presenting and evaluating lesson plans, learning styles, use of media, communication, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to meet the requirements of the Fire Instructor Level II objectives from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041. Textbook required: Fire and Emergency Services Instructor (8th), ISBN: 13-9780879394417 IFSTA. Book can be purchased through the NC Society of Fire Rescue Instructors by visiting www.ncsfri.org.
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Instructor: Wesley Hutchins

EMT Courses

EMT Refresher

24 Hours

This EMT refresher course is open to EMT’s of all levels currently credentialed in North Carolina and/or by National Registry of EMTs. It offers up to 24 hours of curriculum that adheres to North Carolina and NREMT guidelines. This refresher course is divided into 2 and 3 hour blocks. Students may attend any combination of topics or all of the topics. For more information, contact jfrizsell@wpcc.edu.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: CHris Duncan

Fire/Rescue Skills Courses

Honor Guard Training

This course will provide training for students that are members of Honor Guards which will help them to properly conduct their duties during numerous ceremonies and special events. Topics will include all funeral operations from start to finish, flag carry and presentation, and many other aspects of their duties and responsibilities. The instructor will use his experience in the fire, law and military settings to prepare the students of every discipline of emergency services.

This class meets Saturday and Sunday 8-5. This class is limited to 20 students.
Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Rick Woods

VFIS POV Response

Most volunteer emergency departments rely heavily on the ability of their members to respond to calls, either to the scene or to the station, in their privately owned vehicles (POVs). While it is essential to the organizations ability to react to emergencies in a timely manner there are also some inherent risk. This course will identify and help to reduce the risk of death and injury to themselves and to the general public.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Robin Triplett

Traffic Incident Management (TIMS)

7 Hours

This course is designed to establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal: responder safety; safe, quick clearance from incidents; and prompt, reliable, interoperable communications. This course will familiarize fire and rescue personnel with the purpose of the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) and National TIM (Traffic Incident Management) Responder Training Program and how it relates specifically to North Carolina. Participants will learn to recognize and identify the dangers encountered by emergency responders working in or near traffic.

NOTE: TIMS is not a certification. TIMS is required for Technical Rescuer, Fire Fighter and Driver Operator certification effective 1/1/2016.
Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Robin Triplett

Traffic Control Officer

This class will provide the current or prospective traffic control officer with the requisite training for certification and appointment as required by NC General Statute. Topics covered will include traffic direction, emergency scene safety, scene control, personal protective equipment and clothing as well as an overview of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Chapter 6, as it applies to firefighters, REACT personnel and recommended for other responders who operate, direct traffic and set up emergency scenes in the streets and highways of North Carolina.
Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Robin Triplett

VFIS Highway Scene Safety

Emergency Service Organizations (ESO’s) respond to a wide variety of incidents involving operations on or near a highway. These operations pose special risks to personnel performing fire, rescue and EMS functions. Every year a significant number of emergency service personnel are killed or injured while working to save others along our roadways. There may be a wide variety of reasons for these losses, but the point still remains: they should never happen again. In many instances an ESO responds to a “primary incident” along a highway, only to become the victim of a “secondary victim” the nightmare in which a firefighter, EMS provider or police officer is suddenly struck and killed by traffic. While no one individual or group can control drivers of other vehicles, this course will provide some fundamental steps that may be taken by your organization to improve the level of safety at these types of incidents.
Sun., 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Robin Triplett

Basic Self-Defense & Subject Control for First Responders

This course discusses the basic concepts of situational awareness and teaches emergency services personnel to recognize preassaultive indicators. The course also provides students with basic self-defense techniques for defending themselves against an assault and controlling combative individuals during a physical encounter.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Chris Marsh

Flashover Recognition

This flashover recognition course introduces the warning signs of imminent flashover to firefighters conducting interior fire attack. The class begins with a lecture on the characteristics of flashover followed by live fire evolutions inside the Swedish flashover simulator. The students will gain a greater understanding on the stages of fire growth and tenable vs untenable environments. This is a great tool in firefighters developing the skills that they need to determine where and when they can operate successfully.

  • Students must be at least 18 years old.
  • Students need all PPE including a SCBA and 2 spare cylinders with current Hydrostatic Date.
  • NFPA 1403 Guidelines will be followed, including facial hair guidelines mandated by OSHA
  • Requires Chiefs Signature on Live Burn Verification Form.

 

Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., ESTC
Instructor:  ESTC Staff

LP Gas Emergencies

LP gas usage is ever increasing in popularity in our daily lives therefore emergency responders are more and more often responding to emergencies where they are dealing with it. This course will provide the students with information and knowledge in the behavioral aspects of LP and how to safely mitigate the situations they are responding to. The course will begin with a lecture in the classroom and conclude with hands on evolutions on our extensive LP gas training ground which includes grills, forklifts, vehicles, bobtail trucks and many other live burn props.

  • Class meets Sat 8-5 and Sunday 8-5 at ESTC
  • Students must be at least 18 years old.
  • Students need all PPE including a SCBA and 2 spare cylinders with current Hydrostatic Date
  • NFPA 1403 Guidelines will be followed, including facial hair guidelines mandated by OSHA
  • Requires Chiefs Signature on Live Burn Verification Form.

 

Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., ESTC
Instructor:  Michael WIllis

Special Certification Courses

Food Unit Leader

This course will give the student the knowledge and skills needed to function in the ICS position of Food Unit Leader which is responsible for Supervising the Food Unit. This position reports to the Service Branch Director or Logistics Section Chief. The students will learn food regulations, safe practices and will conduct food preparation in a new state of the art rehab trailer.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructors:  Terry Houston, Jeff Cardwell

Understanding the NC Response Rating System

12 Hours

This course will review the latest information and factors which go into the make-up of the public protection rating of cities
and fire districts. The system continues to evaluate three major categories of fire suppression: Fire Department, Emergency Communications, and Water Supply. The course also includes the Community Risk Section that recognizes community efforts to reduce losses through fire prevention, public fire safety, and fire investigation.

Equipment needed: A thumb/flash drive data storage device for latest information.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Eric Wiseman, Davie Summey

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Class for Emergency Responders

This course will consist of multiple elements. The first part of the class will give the student guidance from being a hobbyist to the process of obtaining their Part 107 sUAS FAA certificate, however this class will not teach the student how to pass the 107 test. In the other portions, the instructor will demonstrate the set up and how to run a successful search and rescue call using UAS, Forwarding Looking Inferred (FLIR) and Optical Zoom Payloads. The third part will be a live UAS demonstration looking for a car crash victim that has wandered from their vehicle to a man down in an urban/rural area.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructors: Wayne Bailey, Brent Hayner

Being Prepared for Promotion

Being prepared for promotion and being a good leader means more than just having time on the job and attaining fire service certification or degrees. To be successful in a leadership role you need to “Be Prepared” ahead of time. By taking this workshop, “Be Prepared for Promotion”, you can give yourself a better opportunity of placing higher on promotional lists compared to others who did not take the time to learn how to be prepared for promotions and leadership. Don’t wait until the promotional process schedule is posted, act now and be prepared for your future. Skills learned within this workshop will also enhance your leadership skills at your present rank and everyday life. The workshop will also introduce the attendees to the “assessment center” process and the “nuts and bolts” of the process. By simply understanding the process, you will improve your skills.

Target audiences: career, combination and volunteer potential officers at all levels
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jeff Cash

High Impact Weather 101 for Emergency Services

This course will be instructed by Christopher White, Chief Meteorologist with Foothills Weather Network, a consultant Meteorologist for Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Kentucky Motor Speedway, and The Hickory Crawdads. Chris and his staff at Foothills Weather Network provide weather coverage to McDowell County Emergency Management. Chris is also a Supervisor at Burke County Emergency Communications. In this course you will learn to interpret basic radar signatures, basics of forecasting high- impact weather events, and how to prepare your staff when a high-impact weather event threatens your area.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Chris White

Driver/Operator Courses

Basic Driver/Operator Pumps Certification

This course will explain and review the basic elements of pump operations including priming, lift, drafting, pumping from a hydrant, setting pump pressure, and calculating friction loss.  Upon completion of class, students should also be able to identify different types of fire pumps, fire apparatus and components of pumps.  Students must pass the written exam (70% or better) in order to receive credit towards certification.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Jamie Hollowell

Introduction to Pumps

(*D/0 Certification*) • 15 Hours

This course will present the knowledge, skills and ability to satisfy JPR’s within NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications, 2017 Edition. Topics of the course will include: safe and effective operations and understanding of pump valves, gauges and pump anatomy. Students must successfully pass the practical and written exams with a score of 70% or higher to receive certification.
Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  ESTC Staff

Emergency Vehicle Driver

(D/0 Certification) • 20 Hours

This course will present the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the NFPA 1002 Fire apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications 2009 Edition. Students must pass the practical and written exam with a score of 70% or above to receive certification. Although not required, participants are encouraged  to bring apparatus they will be driving at their respective agencies. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid NCDL to participate.
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Instructor:   Matthew Crawford

Vendor List
  • Rhinehart Fire Services
  • NC Society of Fire Rescue Instructors Anchor-Richey
  • Read’s Uniforms, Inc.
  • L&A Emergency Equipment
  • Steven’s Fire Equipment
  • Tarheel Emergency Sales
  • Safe Industries
  • Atlantic Emergency Solutions
  • Vest Sales & Service, Inc.\
  • Fisher Sportswear
  • Local Government Federal Credit Union M ES-Southeast
  • Fire Engine Collectibles
  • Relic Wood LLC
  • Brent’s Customs
  • Mountain Tek
  • Radio Communications Co.
  • TPATSUSA
  • Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal
  • Bodey’s Custom Shirts
  • Iris Fox Insurance
  • NC Fallen Firefighters Foundation
  • High Impact Diesel
  • Harrison’s Public Safety
  • Wendy B’s
  • North Carolina Forest Service
  • VFIS of NC
  • Medical Supply Solutions
  • Cornerstone Specialty Solutions
  • Waterway NC West
  • Newton’s Fire Safety
  • Correction Enterprises
  • Wireline Shields
  • Embroidery Heaven
  • MLB Graphics
  • Fully Involved Leatherworks
  • Firefighter’s Bookstore

Fire College Locations

Courses will be held at
The Foothills Higher Education Center
2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655

Latitude/Longitude: 35.725785, -81.661087


Exercises & Demonstrations will be held at
The WPCC Emergency Services Training Center
150 Coal Chute Rd Morganton, NC 28655

Latitude/Longitude: 35.730546, -81.681849


 

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