DCCC Hosts Emergency Services College

Boy leaning on fire truck

 Feb 18, 2015 – Davidson County Community College welcomed hundreds of emergency services and public safety personnel as well as many members of the community to campus for the 31st Annual Central Piedmont Emergency Services College Feb. 9-15.

Emergency Services College participantsCo-sponsored by the Davidson County Public Safety Association, the event prepares first responders for the many scenarios and challenges they can face on the job. New this year, sessions also provided instruction aimed at helping emergency services personnel maintain their own personal health and safety while serving others.

“We offered a new safety and survival course for certification this year, which dealt with situations when firefighters are trapped in a building or need to escape quickly,” saidFirefighter on side of building Becky Daley, associate dean of the School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety. “Firefighters need to be able to keep themselves safe while they are rescuing victims. It’s important to practice these situations and go through the experience so they can keep their head calm and get out safely if they become trapped.” 

Additionally, the Emergency Services College family day served as an important educational resource for the public by offering a day full of fun activities that also provided useful tips on fire prevention and emergency preparedness. Families that attended were able to climb on board fire trucks, ambulances and helicopters, meet safety mascots and tour the fire safety house. 

Attendees of the family day event also had the chance to be trained in hands-only CPR. About 30 visitors were trained in the life-saving technique in DCCC’s mobile medical simulation lab.

Daley credits the college’s partnership with local fire and rescue departments for the success of the Emergency Services College for more than 30 years.

“We got a lot of support from the Davidson County Public Safety Association, Lexington City, Thomasville City and the county fire departments and rescue squad,” added Daley. “Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to host such a successful Emergency Services College each year. It is truly a joint effort between DCCC and the city and county fire departments, and we thank them for providing the equipment and other resources needed to put on an event like this.”

*Editor’s Note: In the first photo, Benjamin Rudisill, 4, of Fairgrove, gets a close look at a fire truck, one of the many emergency vehicles on display during the Emergency Services College family day event at the DCCC Davidson campus.

The second photo shows Emergency Services College participants in turnout gear, from left to right, Matthew Schwartz of Deep Gap Volunteer Fire Department, Chad Prine of Tabernacle Fire Department, Hannah Taylor of Fair Grove Fire Department, and Robert Talley of Fair Grove Fire Department. 

In the third photo, a firefighter lowers himself out of a window while practicing emergency bailout techniques.

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.