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NCC Fire Academy Accepting Applications

Discipline, character, professionalism, and teamwork are just some of the words used when describing the Nash Community College Fire Academy.

Offered twice each year, the academy’s mission is to recruit and train diverse students for a prosperous career in the fire service. The next 18-week academy begins at Nash Community College August 2, 2021. Application packets are due July 1.

Upon successful completion, students hold state certifications in Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Level I Responder, Rapid Intervention Crew, Emergency Vehicle Driver. Softskills training and interviewing best practices are also taught during training. At the end of the training, students have an opportunity to increase their marketability by also completing the six-week Emergency Medical Technician Academy.

“Nash Community College Fire Academy is a lighthouse in the fire and emergency services world,” Willie Kearney, NCC Fire Services Coordinator and Instructor, said. “We have a touted reputation for producing highly trained entry-level professionals for the fire and rescue service.”

Tuition for the Fire Academy is $1,300 and includes books and a uniform, or for members of volunteer fire or rescue departments, approximately $600. Scholarships may be available.

“Departments in our area are offering $30,000 – $36,000 per year with benefits to qualified candidates,” Kearney said. “Our program is known for the employable and competitive candidates it graduates.”

Prerequisites for the Fire Academy include a high school diploma or high school equivalency, medical screening and Career Readiness Certificate.

For more information, please visit or call 252-451-8456 or email