Fire Fighting & Technical Rescue

CCCC and the Emergency Services Training Center provide training for firefighters and rescue workers. Classes are tailored to each fire or rescue department's needs in order to help them perform their duties more efficiently and safely. Specialized classes are held throughout the year at the Emergency Services Training Center and various fire departments throughout Harnett, Chatham and Lee counties. Skills gained in the classes enable students to receive certifications through the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal. All fire and rescue courses are offered through the college's Continuing Education Department. Students earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit for each class they complete. NC fire and rescue department members are exempt from course registration fees. Books and supplies are not included.

ESTC training programs and offerings include but not limited to:

  • Fire Fighter
  • Emergency Vehicle Driving
  • Driver Operator Pumps & Aerials
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Fire Life Safety Educator I, II, III
  • Rescue Technician
  • Refresher courses
  • Specialized classes to meet fire department needs

View the ESTC schedule for class dates and times.

Fire Fighter Training Academy (FFTA)

The Emergency Services Training Center offers a full-time fire fighter academy for individuals who wish to attain the skills necessary for employment as a firefighter. The academy is a rigorous and challenging course of study consisting of 1,000 plus hours. The academy starts each year in August and ends with graduation in March.

Academy graduates may receive the following credentials:

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician Basic- EMT
  • HAZMAT Level One Responder- Hazardous material
  • Technical Rescuer General and Vehicle Machinery Rescue (VMR)
  • Emergency Vehicle Driver (EVD)
  • Incident command system (ICS)
  • Rapid intervention
  • Safety and survival
  • Physical agility

For information on firefighting classes, technical rescue classes or the FFTA, contact Joey Shue, Fire/Rescue Training Coordinator at (919) 777-7778 or email jshue@cccc.edu.

FFTA Required Documents:

Accuplacer Placement Test due by June 27th.

Application Packet

View the ESTC schedule for class dates and times.

Basic Firefighter School (NFPA 1403)

New firefighters are required to take the minimum 11 classes (NFPA Section 1403) in order to "participate in live fire revolutions". At successful completion of this school and its courses students will have met the NFPA 1403 standard. The school is 15 weeks in length. All classes are conducted at the ESTC in Sanford. The classes within Basic Firefighter School and NFPA 1403 standard are a portion of the North Carolina Firefighter certification. The school is designed as an all or none participation but individual courses may be taken as space provides. Classes are scheduled on evenings and weekends for convenience.

  • Orientation and Safety
  • Ladders
  • Building Construction
  • Loss Control
  • Ventilation
  • Fire Behavior
  • Forcible Entry
  • Water Supplies
  • Portable Extinguishers
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fire Hose, Appliances, & Streams
  • Following these courses a mandatory two day burn session will be conducted. Hands on firefighter training will be conducted in the schools class "A" burn building and on LP gas props. To participate, students must have successfully completed all of the listed courses.

For information on firefighting classes, technical rescue classes or the FFTA, contact Joey Shue, Fire/Rescue Training Coordinator at (919) 777-7778 or email jshue@cccc.edu.

View the ESTC schedule for class dates and times.