The 2019 Burke County Fire & Rescue College
WPCC Emergency Services Training Center &
Foothills Higher Education Center
The Western Piedmont Community College Emergency Services Training Center and the Burke County Firefighters association proudly present the 2019 Fire and Rescue College, scheduled for October 17-20 at the Foothills Higher Education Center in Morganton (a map of the FHEC’s location is at the bottom of the page).
You will find complete information about the Fire and Rescue College here. Scroll down for information and registration links for classes, general information, and more..
If you would like a printable version of the fire college brochure, you can download it here (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
Individuals and fire departments 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)
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.
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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Pay Online for the Burke County Fire College
Thursday, October 17
8:00 a.m. – Classes begin based on course description
Friday, October 18
8:00 a.m. – Classes begin based on course description
1:00 p.m. – Vendor Set-Up
5:00 p.m. – Registration/Check-In,
FHEC Main Lobby
Saturday, October 19
7:30 a.m. – Registration / Check-In,
FHEC Main Lobby
8:00 a.m. – Vendors Open\
(refreshments courtesy Burke County Firefighter‘s Association)
8:00 a.m. – Classes begin based on course description
12:00 p.m. – Lunch Provided
(lunch courtesy Burke County Firefighter‘s Association)
1:00 p.m. – Classes begin based on course description
Sunday, October 20
7:30 a.m. – Registration / Check-In,
FHEC Main Lobby
8:00 a.m. – Vendors Open
8:00 a.m. – Classes begin based on course description
2:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Classes begin based on course description
- Rhinehart Fire Services
- NC Society of Fire Rescue Instructors
- 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.
- 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
- Fireline Shields
- Embroidery Heaven
- MLB Graphics
- Fully Involved Leatherworks
- Firefighter’s Bookstore
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.
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
- $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 Brandon Edwards at (828) 448-6708.
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.
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Firefighter Certification Courses
Fire Alarms & Communications
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.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: John Campbell
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.
Friday, 6 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: G. Winfield Abee
8 Hours * Full PPE Required *
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.
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: G. Winfield Abee
Personal Protective Equipment
20 Hours * Full PPE required including SCBA *
Firefighters will gain 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 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Chris Hicks
12 Hours * Full PPE Required *
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.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Instructor: Jon Lowdermilk
20 Hours * Full PPE with SCBA Required *
Principles and types of ventilation, including vertical, horizontal, natural, and mechanical will be introduced during the 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. Exercises on Sunday will be held off-campus.
Fri., 6 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Brian Carswell
Ropes serve a vital function in firefighting. We cover various types, use, care and maintenance of fire service rope. Students will learn various knots and their uses in firefighting applications.
Friday, 6 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Chris Allison
16 Hours * Full PPE Required *
Ground ladders are an essential part of fire ground operations. This course provides 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.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Rusty Reynolds
Fire Hose Streams & Appliances
20 Hours * Full PPE is required *
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 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: ESTC Staff
Emergency Medical Care
12 Hours (FF I Certification)
This course will provide basic first aid skills including but not limited to: hemorrhage control, burns, poisons, basic airway management and AHA CPR certification for Healthcare Providers.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Instructor: Marnie Price
20 Hours * Full PPE Required *
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 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Jonathan Willis
20 Hours * Full PPE Required *
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 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Chris Rhodes
Fire & Life Safety Preparedness
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.
Friday, 6 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Charles Autrey
Health & Wellness
Firefighting activities are physically and mentally strenuous. This course will inform and prepare students with skills necessary to maintain a well and healthy lifestyle.
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Charles Autrey
Safety & Survival
16 Hours * Full PPE required including SCBA *
This course focuses on firefighter survival techniques and on identifying factors that place firefighters in dangerous situations.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructors: Daniel Green
8 Hours * Full PPE required including SCBA *
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.
Friday, 1 – 10 p.m. Instructors: Daniel Green
Haz Mat Level I Responder
* Course begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 15 *
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. It’s a fast-paced course and will require outside reading. It 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.& Fri., 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. , 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Clay Greene
This course will expose the Hazardous Materials level One Responder to the knowledge and skills needed to perform the following tasks safely and effectively: (1) plan a response utilizing mass and technical decontamination processes to minimize the hazard; (2) implement the planned response to favorably change the outcomes consistent with standard operating procedures and the site safety and control plan; (3) evaluate the progress of the planned response; and (4) terminate the incident by providing reports and documentation of decontamnation operations. This is a NC Fire and Rescue Commission certification course.
Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Brian Estes
HAZMAT Protective Equipment/PPE
This course will expose the Hazardous Materials Level One Responder to the knowledge and skills needed to perform the following tasks safely and effectively. (1) plan a response within the capabilities of personal protective equipment; (2) implement the planned response; and (3) terminate the incident by completing the reports and documentation pertaining to personal protective equipment. This is a NC Fire and Rescue Commission certification course.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Brian Estes
EMT Continuing Education
This EMT refresher course is open to EMTs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Chris Duncan
This course is designed to instruct the layperson or professional responder in the basics of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), with a focus on cardiac, breathing, and other life-threatening medical emergencies as well as awareness the hazards of blood borne pathogens. Upon successful completion, the student may qualify to receive certification through a certifying agency.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Derek Brittian
VFIS Traffic Courses
VFIS POV Response I
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.
Friday, 6 – 10 p.m. Instructor: Robin Triplett
Traffic Incident Management (TIMS)
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, inter-operable 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.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 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.
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12 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.
Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Instructor: Robin Triplett
Technical Rescuer Certification
TR Track Classes (TR-Helicopter Transport; TR Personal Protective Equipment; TR Rescue Equipment)
This certification-related course in helicopter transport will
present to the Technical Rescuer (TR) general operating and safety guidelines when working with helicopters at emergency scenes for the protection of on-scene emergency providers, flight crews, and the civilian population. This certification-related course in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will introduce to the Technical Rescuer (TR) the need for and use of PPE to enable the rescuer to perform his/her duties in a safe and responsible manner. Physical characteristics of rescuers, stress, endurance, and the limitations
of equipment will be discussed. This certification-related course in rescue equipment will introduce the Technical Rescuer (TR) to the operation and function of various tools and equipment commonly used in rescue operations. This course will also present procedures for care, inspection, and maintenance of personal protective equipment, tactical equipment, and apparatus. The value of periodic inspection and maintenance to reduce the chances of unexpected equipment failure, performance failure, disabling injuries, and fatalities will be discussed.
Fri., 6 – 10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Wes Blackwelder
TR VR Track Classes (TR-VR Vehicle Anatomy/New Tec; Large Vehicle Rescue)
This certification-related course in vehicle anatomy and new technologies will present the Technical Rescuer (TR) with information on vehicle anatomy and will introduce new technologies in vehicle devices which present hazards for rescue personnel. Topics included in this course are vehicle construction, crumple zones, bumper systems, air bags, side-impact protecton systems, new vehicle innovations, propulsion systems, passive safety systems, and active safety systems. Suggestions on how to cope with innovative vehicles to safety mitigate a modern vehicle rescue will also be discussed This certificaton-related course in large vehicle rescue will present the Technical Rescuer (TR) with the techniques required to mitigate large vehicle rescue incidents. The course will expose responders to scene hazards and scene stabilization techniques.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Instructor: ESTC Staff
TR Victim Management
This certfcation-related course in victim management will offer the Technical Rescuer (TR) practical applications for correctly gaining access to, stabilizing the environment, packaging, and removing patients for a ropes rescue incident. All the elements of anchors, fixed rope systems, lowers and rases, and high lines are employed.
Saturday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: TBA
TR VR Stabilization/Extrication
This certification-related course in stabilization and extrication techniques will present the Technical Rescuer (TR) the steps to stabilize a vehicle on four wheels, a side-resting vehicle, and a roof-resting vehicle The Technical Rescuer will also be introduced to procedures for the following: opening a jammed door using a hinge attack and a latch attack, creating a third door, total
door removal, sidewall removal, working with a collapsed roof, creating the roof flap, C-B-A roof pillar cut, procedures for total roof removal, trunk tunneling, through the floor access, displacing a steering column, dash roll, removal and/or relocation of pedals, and removing and/or relocating seats.Saturday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Instructor: Mark Hinson
Fire/Rescue Specialty 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 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructors: Terry Houston, Jeff Cardwell
HOT Initial Company Operations
This course will focus on some of the First Arriving Company functions of the modern day fire ground. Students will begin the first block of the course on Saturday morning, which will last until lunch, by rotating through numerous training stations that will include Forcible Entry, Ventilation, Search and Fire Attack. In the second block, which will begin after lunch on Saturday and go through Sunday, students will then deploy the skills that they have learned or fine-tuned to complete a series of hands on live fire evolution scenarios.
There will be no classroom work with this class, it is all hands on.
Students must be at least 18 years old.
NFPA 1403 Guidelines will be followed, including facial hair guidelines.
Requires Chiefs Signature on Chiefs Verification Form included in the book.
Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructors: ESTC Staff
Understanding the NC Response Rating System
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 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Instructors: Terry Young
Drones in Search & Rescue
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.
Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Wayne Bailey
Wildland Fire Suppression
This course is designed for the rural fire department firefighter as a supplement to his/her regular training program as outlined in NFPA pamphlet 1001. This course is designed for both
the firefighter with little experience and the firefighter with experience in wildland fires who are not full-time wildland firefighters and are limited to small unit initial attack units.
Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Instructor: Chris Moss
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 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Instructor: Jamie Hollowell
Emergency Vehicle Driver (D/O Certification)
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 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Matthew Crawford
Pumps Water Supply
This certification-related course will review and discuss the methods by which water supply is obtained and maintained during an emergency operation It will detail water main systems and will describe how to identify and determine flow in such systems. It will also detail mobile water supply systems and how they operate It will describe and explain quick dump mobile water supply operations and detail methods for relaying water to a pumper.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Instructor: Jeff Ervin
Pumps, Sprinklers & Standpipes
This certification-related course will discuss and detail operations regarding set up and supply operations for pump operators for sprinkler systems and wet and dry standpipe systems It will include a review of control valves, pressure settings and operations procedures.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Instructor: Kevin Head
Pumps, Maintenance & Testing
This certification-related course is designed to educate driver/ operalors responsible for the operation of fire department pumping apparatus. Concepts covered include: inspection of engine, chassis, pump, and drive systems, preventive maintenance, operational testing, and annual service testing procedures The course also includes an overview of methods used for documentation of preventive maintenance and testing.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m Instructor: ESTC Staff
This certificaton-related course is desgned to introduce personnel to various types of aerial fire apparatus and their applications
to emergency operations It will include job and individual performance issues; how to identify various types of aerial apparatus, features of the design and application of aerials, and elevating platforms It will also review unsafe acts as it relates to weather and terrain in placement and use of aerials. It will also review unsafe acts as they relate to driver opcrator errors.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m Instructor: Gary Reagan
Mobile Water Supply
This certification-related course is desgned to educate fire apparatus drivers who are responsible for operating apparatus designed primarily for picking up, transporting, and delivering water to fire emergency scenes This Mobile Water Supply (Chapter 10) course presents general principles of operating apparatus equipped with various water dumping systems, vwth application of those principles. This course includes an overview of safe maneuvering, accident prevention, fill site and dump site operations, as well as relay operation procedures.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m Instructor: Kevin Story
Fire Officer I
This course covers the knowledge. skills. and requirements referenced in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1021 for Fire Officer l training. Topics include officer roles and responsibilities. budgets, fire cause determination, inspections, education, leadership, management, public relations, and other requirements included in the NFPA standard. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of relevant NFPA standards as required for state Fire Officer I and II certification.
Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: TBA
Fire Instructor I
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 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Wes Lail
Chaplaincy for Emergency Responders
This training is to be used in the orientation of Chaplains in providing pastoral care and counseling to fellow emergency service workers, their families, and to provide comfort and resource information to victims of fire, crime, medical emergencies and natural/manmade disasters. The Chaplain may also assist the Coroner in notifying individuals who have lost a family member. This training wii help you gain an understanding of what an Emergency Service Chaplain’s responsability are to include what the duties and responsibilities are for your department You will also learn how to assist your department before, during and after critical incidents as well as successfully working with the community, other agencies and departments to achieve an appropriate objective.
Fri., 6 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instructor: Davis Hooper
This course provides greater description and details of the Incident Command System (ICS) organization and operations, including application of essential principles and description of air operations. There are five modules: Organizations and Staffing, Organizing for Incidents and Events, Resources Management, Air Operations, and Incident and Event Planning This course includes a final exam. Prereqiasites: ICS-100. ICS-200, and ICS-700.
Fri., 6 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Instructor: Mike Powell
This course emphasizes large-scale organization development, roles and relationships of the primary staff, the plaming. operational, logistical and fiscal consideration related to a large and complex incident ard event management. It describes the application of Area Command and the importance of interagency coordination during complex incidents and events. Tbs course includes a final exam Prerequisites: ICS-100. ICS-2’00. and ICS-300.
Sat., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. – 4p.m. Instructor: Trevor Key
Suicide, Stress & PTSD
In this presentation l want to discuss the recent studies focused on firefighters and mental health. In 2011, a study was conducted by the Natonai Fallen Firefighters Foundation focusing on firefighter suicide rates. It was found that this type of data was difficult to track. This is in part due to 67% of the fire service in the US being volunteer. When reviewing the data collected, it was found that up to 37% of firefighters suffer from undiagnosed PTSD (post- traumatic stress disorder) It was also noted that over 50% of firefighters suffer from at least one form of mental health disease.
Sunday, 8 – 11 a.m. Instructor: Jennifer Lowrance
Fire College Locations
The Foothills Higher Education Center
Latitude/Longitude: 35.725785, -81.661087
The WPCC Emergency Services Training Center
Latitude/Longitude: 35.730546, -81.681849
Todd Frizsell began his distinguished career in the fire service in Burke County where he became a volunteer with Lovelady Fire Department and later worked as an Engineer with Valdese Fire Department.
Todd then worked for the City of Hickory Fire Department where he held the ranks of Senior Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Operator, Captain, and Battalion Chief of Training He retired from the City of Hickory and became the Director of Emergency Service Programs at Western Piedmont Community College. He had previously been an instructor for many years at WPCC. At Western Piedmont, he was an instrumental part of the team to get the Emergency Services Training Center (ESTC) up and running and spent countless hours teaching students and being a mentor to numerous current and future instructors.
Todd’s passion for the fire service and especially for delivering quality, realistic training has always been second to none. The way
he conducted himself and his knowledge and abilities lead to Todd becoming someone who up and coming instructors strived to be.
We express our heartfelt gratitude for all you have given to the citizens and your fellow firefighters and instructors.
Michael S. Willis
Mike began his career in the fire service in 1983 when he became a volunteer firefighter with Grassy Creek Fire and Rescue in Mitchell County. He became a certified Firefighter Level III in June of 1990. While at Grassy Creek, Mike served in various officer positions including Assistant Chief in the early 1990s. Mike continued obtaining qualifications as an instructor thru the years, he obtained his Propane Gas Instructor in October of 1992 and his firefighter qualification in August of 1993 and numerous other qualifications.
In April 1998, Mike began as a fire engineer with
Morganton Department of Public Safety and worked
his way to overseeing the fire division until May of 2006, when he assumed the role as Coordinator/Director of Emergency Services Programs at Western Piedmont Community College. He continued at Western Piedmont Community College until November of 2016.
In 2016, Mike continued his long career of public service to the citizens of Burke County by becoming the Fire Marshal/ Emergency Management Director where he continues to serve to this day.
Mike has been a positive influence to students
and instructors for many years. He was instrumental in the construction and
development of the Emergency Services Training Center. His pride and dedication to any task he performs is evident and is profound. He has been an inspiration to the instructors of Western Piedmont Community College and across the state.
We would like to express our sincere gratefulness for all you have done and continue to do for emergency services in Burke County.