NCC Announces Firefighter Training Grads
Cadets graduated from Nash Community College’s Firefighter Training Academy on Thursday, June 23, 2022 during a ceremony held in Brown Auditorium. Offered twice each year, the academy’s mission is to recruit and train diverse students for a prosperous career in the fire service. Click to watch the ceremony video.
Upon successful completion, students hold state certifications in Firefighter I & II including Hazardous Materials Operations, Rapid Intervention Crew, Emergency Vehicle Driver. Soft skills training and interviewing best practices are also taught during training. Following completion, students have an opportunity to increase their marketability by completing the eight-week Emergency Medical Technician Academy.
During the ceremony, the following firefighters were honored with awards: Seth Mahaffey, Academic Award; Luke Parks, Flame Award; James Williams, Bugle Award and Captain Matthew Hux, Rocky Mount Fire Department, Instructional Excellence Award.
“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.
Prerequisites for the Fire Academy include a high school diploma or high school equivalency and medical screening. Nash Community College’s next 19-week Firefighter Training Academy is scheduled to begin August 1, 2022. For more information, visit www.nashcc.edu/fire or contact email@example.com or (252) 904-1192.
Academic Award – Seth Mahaffey
Flame Award – Luke Parks
Bugle Award – James Williams
The Instructional Excellence Award recipient is selected by the class and is awarded to the instructor that the class feels was the most influential throughout their training.