Fire Academy to Begin in February

Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 11.12.16 AMLaunched in 2012, the Fire Academy at Sandhills Community College is now accepting applications for the spring semester program beginning February 13.

At the end of this full-time program, cadets will have earned Firefighter I/II with Hazardous Materials Level 1 Responder and Technical Rescuer. Students will also take EMT-Basic as part of the program and upon successful completion of the class, will be eligible to take the state certification exam.

Students have the opportunity to participate in or observe advanced training with surrounding departments, many who? provide support, equipment use and accommodations for students when needed. Many of the graduates are now full-time or part-time employees with local departments.

With a few exceptions for special training, classes are held from 8:30 am until 5 pm Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm on Fridays for this six-month course of study.

“Those who have graduated from the Fire Academy include recent high school graduates beginning a career as well as people who have been in the work force and want to change careers,” says Academy Director Chad Thomason. “We have had many who have come out of the military train to be firefighters. Some of our graduates have served in volunteer capacitiy for local fire departments and decide to make it a career.

“The Fire Academy offers a thorough course of study at our state-of-the-art Caddell Training Center which includes a residential burn building, a four-story drill tower, control tower, burn and auto extraction pits and other components. It is our team of highly qualified, experienced and dedicated instructors who make this program a success.”


Those interested in being members of the next Fire Academy class should request information and an application packet from Michelle Bauer, Sandhills’ Fire and Rescue Director at (910) 695-3774 or Applications are accepted as long as seats are available.

Current volunteer firefighters may be eligible for a fee waiver based on their membership with a local, city, county, or state fire department.

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