DCCC to Host 31st Annual Central Piedmont Emergency Services College

Emergency Services Farm Equipment Training

Feb 3, 2015 – Davidson County Community College continues its role in supporting emergency services personnel and promoting safety in the community by hosting the 31st Annual Central Piedmont Emergency Services College. The college will provide classes for fire, rescue and public safety professionals Feb. 9-15at the Davidson Campus. A special day of family educational events will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 14 in the Public Safety Building parking lot.

This year the program, which is co-sponsored with the Davidson County Public Safety Association, has expanded to a full week of training, and organizers expect hundreds to participate.

Emergency Services HoseThe offerings include 40 classes on topics such as hazmat response, safety and survival techniques, helicopter transport, personal protective gear and rescue equipment, driver-operator of emergency vehicles and leadership and instructor training. These courses provide valuable hands-on training and exposure to unique emergency situations.

“This year’s Emergency Services College will offer a wide variety of courses, including the advanced leadership training that many departments are now requiring for advancement and promotions,” says Becky Daley, associate dean of the School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety. “We are also offering three new certification classes required starting in 2015 – health and wellness, mayday, and safety and survival. These courses promote the personal wellbeing of our firefighters. We want to make sure these professionals are taking care of themselves as they keep our communities safe.”

In addition to providing important training for emergency personnel, the college also shares safety and emergency preparedness resources with families in the community. A number of activities for children and adults will take place during the Feb. 14 event, including the following:

  • Meet Smokey the Bear, Nitro the Fire Dog and Stormy, the DCCC mascot.
  • See the Pink Fire Truck from Triad Pink Heals.
  • Climb aboard fire trucks, ambulances, medical and military helicopters.
  • Put out a fire in the fire simulator.
  • Have car seats checked and children’s fingerprints taken.

“This is just a fun day for the community to gather and learn more about safety. We hope by participating that our local families will come away with an understanding of some ways they can prevent dangers such as fires in their homes and also be aware of the importance of having a plan in case an emergency arises,” Daley says. 

The Emergency Services College training courses and family event will be held on the DCCC Davidson Campus, located at 297 DCC Road in Thomasville. In case of inclement weather, the family educational events on Feb. 14 will be canceled. 

For additional information, registration forms and class listings, visit https://www.davidsonccc.edu/events/emergency-services-college or contact Bryan Knight, fire/rescue coordinator, at 336-224-4802bryan_knight@davidsonccc.edu, or contact Becky Daley, associate dean of the School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety, at 336-224-4513rbdaley@davidsonccc.edu.

*Editor’s Note: In the first photo, participants of the Emergency Services College place lifts under a piece of farm equipment to rescue a dummy during a May 2014 agricultural rescue training class. From left to right are Austin Zimmerman and Lieutenant Matthew Smith, both of Greensboro Fire Department, and Matt Trapp of Mooresville Fire Department. In the second photo, a participant from the 2014 Emergency Services College rolls a fire hose.

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 celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college 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 at davidsonccc.edu.