Randolph Community College Introduces High School Fire Academy

ASHEBORO (January 15, 2015) 

Randolph Community College, in collaboration with Randolph County Public Schools and county fire departments, will be starting a high school fire academy next month, according to Paul Goins, director of RCC's Emergency Services Training Center and BLET program. The program will provide high school students, age 16 years and older, an introduction to the fire service.

While taking part in this after-school program, students will be earning credits toward the completion of their North Carolina Firefighter certification. Classes will cover topics such as fire behavior, personal protective equipment, and emergency medical care.

If a student chooses to complete the entire program, they will be just a few classes short of becoming a North Carolina certified firefighter upon their 18th birthday, said Goins. "We also encourage all participants in the program to join their local volunteer fire department junior program," he said. "This will afford them access to equipment and give them the opportunity to learn as part of an organization in addition to the fire academy."

The course, which is scheduled to start Monday, Feb. 2 and run through May 14, will meet from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, plus an occasional Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Weekday classes will be held at Southwestern Randolph High School, Providence Grove High School, and Trinity High School; Saturday classes will be held at RCC's Emergency Services Training Center at 895 Training Center Drive, Randleman.

For more information on the program, interested students and their parents are encouraged to attend one of the following scheduled information sessions. Representatives from Randolph Community College and local fire departments will be present.

Providence Grove High School, Thursday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.
Trinity High School, Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m.
Southwestern Randolph High School, Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the RCC Emergency Services Training Center at 336-633-4165.