Fire Service

WCC Fire and Rescue Training programs are approved and accredited by the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission. These programs include:

  • Firefighter Certification: This total program consists of 340 hours and is divided into a wide range of subject areas. It is offered to agencies upon request in classes ranging in length from 6 to 38 hours.
  • Driver/Operator: This series of classes provides the firefighter with certification and training in fire service pump operations and aerial operations.
  • Technical Rescuer (TR): This certification program presents the student with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapter Five (General) of NFPA 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Professional Qualifications.
  • Hazardous Materials: This program trains emergency services and industrial personnel in various aspects of hazardous materials emergencies and includes certification as a Hazardous Materials Responder by the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission.
  • Specialized Firefighter Training: These customized training programs include live structural burns, LP gas fires, wildland firefighting, clandestine drug labs and bombs, arson detection, and more.

Certification Information

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) requires that you submit an application for certification in order to receive any certifications. You must submit a copy of your High School Diploma or High School Equivalency (formerly GED) along with your application.

Don’t have a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency?  Opportunities are available through WCC’s College & Career Readiness Division.

To check your official transcript with OSFM, click here and follow the directions on the page.

Contact Information

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Stephen Crouse, AAS
Coordinator - Fire, Rescue & EMS
Phone: 336-838-6215
sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu

Upcoming Courses

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course is designed to give the candidate a basic understanding of emergency medical care procedures. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Off Campus - AFTC, Room 1

Instructor: David Hart

Comments: Becky Greer rcgreer213@wilkescc.edu 336-903-3117

This certification-related course in rope basics will present to the Technical Rescuer (TR) safe and effective methods of rescue in elevated and below grade environments using ropes, knots, and rope related equipment. Mechanical advantage, anchors, anchoring techniques, and stress loads will be covered. This course should be offered consistent with the most current NC Fire and Rescue Commission guidelines. Contact the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) for details. Reference: NFPA 1006 Chapters Five and Six.

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Off Campus - LSFD, Room 1

Instructor: David Hart

Comments: Becky Greer rcgreer213@wilkescc.edu 336-903-3117

This course will allow students to be exposed to new and emerging issues in fire and rescue.

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Off Campus - GCFD, Room 1

Instructor: David Jones

This certification-related course will present the Firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course deals with the extinguishment of a multitude of different fires and the use of varied tools and extinguishing agents. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Off Campus - AFTC, Room 1

Instructor: Andrew W. Cox

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This course is designed to establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) National Unified Goal: responder safety; safety, 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 (SHRP2) and National TIM 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. This course is not a state fire & rescue certification course; however, it is a requirement related to one or more state certifications and will transfer electronically to the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) for inclusion on OSFM transcripts. Please contact OSFM for details.

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 1507

Instructor: David Spicer

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course is designed as an update to the Fire Chief 101 Course. Course content is revised on a five-year cycle so that chief officers receive the most relevant and current information available. This course should be offered consistent with the most current NC Fire and Rescue Commission guidelines; contact the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) for details.

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Hayes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 312

Instructor: Jacob Whisnant

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course focuses on the basic knowledge of fire service ropes, including types, usages, knots, and maintenance of rope. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Ashe Campus, Room 419

Instructor: David Hart

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course is designed to give the candidate a basic understanding of emergency medical care procedures. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 1403

Instructor: Terry Taylor

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course focuses on firefighter survival techniques and on identifying factors that place firefighters in dangerous situations. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Hayes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 315

Instructor: Joe McGrady

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course will enable the firefighter to become aware of the advanced operations of the department and understand their position in the organization from a more detailed perspective. Course topics will also include a review of advanced safety regulations and the firefighter's responsibility to comply with those regulations; the elements of an advanced departmental safety program; and the advanced hazards related to fire protection. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Hayes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 412

Instructor: Phillip D. Batts

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. The 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. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Ashe Campus, Room 413

Instructor: Richard Eastridge

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. The course is designed to teach candidates the policies and procedures concerning the ordering and transmitting of emergency alarms and the actions to be taken upon receipt of the alarms. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Lowes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 1806

Instructor: Stephen Lovette

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course will enable the firefighter candidate to identify the different types of construction and their reaction during a fire situation and the hazards associated with each. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Hayes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 319

Instructor: James Pharr

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge and skills necessary to comprehend the use of their personal protective equipment, including Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 1112

Instructor: John Whitaker

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the Firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course will provide the firefighter candidate with the opportunity to demonstrate the use of hoses, nozzles, adaptors, and appliances, and to obtain the information needed to conduct an annual service test of fire hose. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Hayes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 313

Instructor: Tim Pardue

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course will present the firefighter candidate with techniques and safety procedures to be used during a number of rescue activities and will include the proper use of rescue tools and the extrication of entrapped victims from motor vehicles. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Lowes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 1709

Instructor: Arthur Hollar

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. The course is designed to teach the candidate the methods of moving water from a source to an emergency scene, as well as to teach the basic components of a local water distribution system. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Hayes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 316

Instructor: William Warren

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course is designed to cover the extinguishing characteristics of portable fire extinguishers. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Thompson Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 137

Instructor: Kevin Bounds

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. The firefighter candidate will gain an understanding of foam generation and the types of foam and their uses. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Ashe Campus, Room 101

Instructor: Josh Steelman

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course is designed to apprise chief officers of the various aspects and complexities surrounding the operations and organization of North Carolina Fire departments. Emphasis will be placed on ratings and inspections, NFIRS reporting, prevention and relief funds, grant programs, basic line of duty death information, various state associations, and an overview of chief officer expectations in North Carolina. This class will satisfy the 9S insurance inspection criteria as specified by the North Carolina Administrative Code. This course should be offered consistent with the most current NC Fire and Rescue Commission guidelines; contact the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) for details.

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Hayes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 312

Instructor: Jacob Whisnant

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the Firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course will enable the firefighter candidate to demonstrate their knowledge of terminology used in the area of fire behavior, the hazards of different fuels and the types of heat sources. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Ashe Campus, Room 305

Instructor: Denver Caudill

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. The course is designed to demonstrate methods of forcing entry into structures utilizing different principles and practices. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Thompson Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 133

Instructor: Mike Bumgarner

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course is designed to educate first responders on the importance of maintaining high levels of fitness and wellness in order to perform their assigned duties efficiently and safely. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 1505

Instructor: Kevin Bounds

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. By using simulated situations, this course focuses on identifying parameters that constitute a mayday call. This course is part of the NC Firefighter Certification Program approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission for offering as of January 1, 2015.

Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: Wilkes Campus - Hayes Hall - Kendrick/Church Hall, Room 315

Instructor: Joe McGrady

Comments: Stephen Crouse sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu 336-838-6215 38th Annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

This training will consist of general fire and rescue training dealing with basic fire and rescue principles of operations. This course would serve as introductory and/or refresher training. This course would not lead to any fire or rescue certification.

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Off Campus - LPRR, Room 1

Instructor: Tim Pardue

Is there a specific course you would like to see offered? Contact sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu.

You can also use the Public Safety Training Calendar to search for classes throughout the state.

Technical Standards

The Fire and Rescue program technical standards have been developed to inform students of the nonacademic essential functions of the program and profession. Examples are not all inclusive.

Standard Essential Function Examples
Communication
Oral / Written
  • Skills sufficient to communicate information and ideas so others will understand
  • Skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
  • Interact with citizens verbally and in writing
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as a witness
  • Make public presentations on fire safety
Mobility / Motor Skills
  • Motor skills sufficient to move the hands and use hands to grasp or manipulate objects
  • Ability to safely operate in and around vehicles
  • Mobility sufficient to maneuver in varied terrain
  • Mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body
  • Mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require dexterity and flexibility to move body in a variety of positions
  • Safely drive a vehicle
  • Physical activities may include:
    • Running
    • Jumping
    • Bending
    • Stooping
    • Crawling
    • Climbing
    • Reaching
  • Maneuver in confined spaces
  • Maneuver up and down a ladder at various heights
Physical Strength and Stamina
  • Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability sufficient to lift and carry equipment and a person
  • Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability sufficient to lift and carry a person to safety
  • Ability to wear heavy equipment, such as an air tank
Sensory

  • Sight
  • Sound
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Smell
  • Visual skills sufficient to see details at close range
  • Listening skills sufficient to communicate with others
  • Ability to touch to perform physical assessments
  • Ability to tolerate various odors
  • Identify objects, actions, and events
  • Hear equipment/emergency alarms or calls for help
  • Feel for pulse
Environmental / Occupational Exposure
  • Environmental hazards
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures and weather conditions
  • Ability to respond quickly and work under high stress situations
  • Wear appropriate safety gear
  • Respond appropriately in emergency to maintain safety
  • Exposure to extreme heat, smoke, and water
  • Wear face mask, helmet, fire suit, and oxygen tank, etc.
Field or Industry Professional Standards
  • Must be 18 years old
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physical examination form completed

Disability Services Statement

Wilkes Community College is an ADA compliant institution. WCC does not discriminate based on a disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services, and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements. WCC will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services, and/or activities. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of a program’s essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose this to Disability Services as soon as possible.

Northwest Fire & Rescue College

The Northwest Fire & Rescue College is a weekend school held the first full weekend in November. This school offers multiple classes to meet the needs and demands of the entire emergency services community. Types of courses offered may include firefighter and technical rescuer certification courses, fire and rescue specialty courses, hazardous materials training, arson detection, fire investigation, wildland firefighting, emergency medical services training, leadership development, and more.

For more information, contact:

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Stephen Crouse, AAS
Coordinator - Fire, Rescue & EMS
Phone: 336-838-6215
sjcrouse205@wilkescc.edu