The Wake County Fire/Rescue Training Program was established in 1988. The program provides a comprehensive, centralized and professional fire-training program for the county's 20 rural and six municipal departments, as well as the Raleigh Fire Department, Cary Fire Department and the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. These departments provide fire protection for more than 525,000 Wake County residents.
As part of our commitment to excellence in training, Wake County created the Fire/Rescue Training Center in 1988 to provide comprehensive, professional fire training for the county's 20 rural and six municipal fire departments.
This eight-acre training center consists of classroom space, a burn building, a drill tower and two flammable liquids pits and has water-drafting capabilities. The center is used year-round and is operated by Wake County in coordination with the following partners:
Wake County Fire/Rescue makes training and certification forms available for individuals needing training. If you have a question about a form or would like to schedule use of the fire training center, contact Ricky Dorsey at 919-856-6345.
The following fire training courses are available through Wake County:
Emergency Rescue Technician
This 100+ hour course is designed for students who wish to complete the Emergency Rescue Technician certification program. It covers general topics such as lowers, water rescue, fire behavior, safety/air quality, carries, drags and stretchers, rescue equipment, and others. Prerequisite for the course is successful completion of Firefighter I & II.
This course is designed to identify the minimum job performance requirements for fire department vehicle driver, pump operator, aerial operator, tiller operator, wild-land apparatus operator, and aircraft rescue and firefighting apparatus operator. It is not the intent of this course to restrict any jurisdiction from exceeding the minimum requirements of the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal's Certification Program.
Essentials of Firefighting Levels I & II (New Recruit School)
This is a four-day, 32-hour course designed to cover a beginning firefighter's basic needs in rescue, SCBA, fire streams, ventilation, firefighter safety, and live burn requirements. This course is offered in two weekend blocks (Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). One four-day session per quarter is available.
Fire Company Officer Levels I & II
This course addresses the NFPA Standard for Fire Company Officer Professional Requirements Levels I & II. It is divided into different modules and is offered to local and state fire services. Instructor outlines, student guidebook, transparencies and exams are provided. This course is designed to prepare the company officer to fulfill his/her fire department management long- and short-term goals. This course can be taken in 12-hour blocks or as a complete certification course. This course addresses the NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Administration for Fire Officers Level II and consists of instruction including such topics as Principles of Organization, Elements of Management, Pre-incident Surveys, Fire-ground Management, Budgeting and Organization, Firefighter Safety and Health, Officer Liabilities, Strategies and Tactics.
Hazardous Materials/Incident Command Refresher
This course is designed to meet the Hazardous Materials and Incident Command requirements for the year. This course includes classroom instruction, class projects and practical application exercises. The goal of this course is to increase the emergency responder's knowledge of regulations and standards, reinforce safety procedures when responding to HAZMAT emergencies, and increase his/her understanding of the Incident Command and Control activities.
Specialized courses, such as Instructor Methodology, Firefighter Safety and Survival, Flammable Liquids/LP Gas Live Burns, Arson Investigation, Firefighter Responsibilities in Arson Investigation, and Advanced Firefighter School, are offered on a permanent basis. NOTE: The Advanced Firefighter School requires that an individual participate in a 16-hour weekend with four hours of classroom and 12 hours of live-burn scenarios. Prerequisite for this course is The Essentials of Firefighting Levels I & II, or the student must have special recommendation by his/her fire chief.