DCCC to Host 29th Annual Central Piedmont Emergency Services College

Jan 23, 2013 – Davidson County Community College will host its 29th Annual Central Piedmont Emergency Services College – an event that not only will help train and prepare those who serve in emergency services and public safety, but also will serve as a great opportunity for families to learn about fire education and safety prevention. Classes will be held on Feb. 15-17 at the DCCC Davidson Campus; family educational events will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Public Safety Building parking lot.

Those who take part in the Emergency Services College will have the opportunity to select from a variety of classes related to firefighting such as firefighter I & II classes as well as specialty rescue and medical classes. Some of the specialty classes include hazmat level I, agricultural rescue, NIMS, wildland fire suppression, vehicle fire investigations, LP gas fires, thermal imaging, driver operator classes, hot topics by Bob Page and many more.

“Responding emergency personnel must be prepared to manage the different situations they encounter on the job. This can only be achieved through continuous training,” says Dwight Freeman, Fire and Rescue coordinator on the DCCC Davidson Campus. “Every effort is made to make the Emergency Services College a success by providing up-to-date instruction on current topics of interest and importance.”

Also important is family safety, which is why the three-day event offers a day of activities for families to learn about the importance of fire safety and safety prevention. Some of the activities for families include the opportunity to ride the Operation Lifesaver Train; meet Smokey the Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog, and Stormy (the DCCC mascot); climb aboard fire trucks, medical helicopters and ambulances; tour the Child Safety Trailer and State Medical Assistance Team Trailer; sit in the Wal-Mart NO-ZONE tractor trailer; put out fires in the fire simulator; as well as have car seats checked and children’s fingerprints taken.

“Our family educational events are also especially important,” Freeman adds. “Not only do we want our emergency services and public safety personnel well-trained, but we want parents and children to learn important safety tips that could save their lives in emergency situations.” 

Courses for the Emergency Services College will be held on the DCCC Davidson Campus, located at 297 DCCC Road in Thomasville. Registration for classes is requested by Feb. 1, 2013.

In case of inclement weather, family educational events on Feb. 16 will be held on the second floor of the Conference Center.

For additional information, registration forms and class listings, visit http://www.davidsonccc.edu/emergency-services-college, or contact Dwight Freeman at dmfreema@davidsonccc.edu  or 336-224-4802 or Becky Daley at rbdaley@davidsonccc.edu or 336-224-4513.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.