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Training classes for emergency personnel planned in Davie County

The Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College will help serve surrounding communities by hosting a weekend of events that create opportunities for fire, rescue and emergency services personnel, as well as law enforcement to enhance their skills and training with the Davie County Emergency Services College.
The event, co-sponsored with the Davie County Fire and Rescue Association, will be held on the Davie Campus on Oct. 11-13. Those interested in participating may register up until the start of the event; however, for more course selections, pre-registration is encouraged by Oct. 1.
Those who participate in the weekend college will have the opportunity to sign up for a variety of courses during the three-day event, including building construction, emergency vehicle driving, fire behavior, technical rescuer helicopter operations, CPR instructor course and more.
Two courses available during the weekend of particular interest include a new course, titled “Where’s the Cavalry?” The course offers helpful strategies to smaller or rural fire departments and will cover safe firefighting tactics in low manpower situations while reinforcements are on the way.
“The new course will show tactics that will help responders working in these environments to perform more efficiently,” says Bryan Knight, Fire and Rescue coordinator at DCCC. “Our communities utilize a lot of volunteer and combination fire departments with limited staffing, so it will be something good to present to departments in and around our community.”
Another course, “Intro to Firefighting,” is designed for junior or entry level firefighters and will offer a brief history of the fire service through current-day operations. Participants in the course will learn terminology and experience a variety of practical exercises such as climbing ladders and throwing water and more.
Knight says his hope for the weekend event is to have a successful turnout. “We are trying to grow the event; we’ve seen an interest and a need for a weekend college in Davie County. Our hope is to draw not only folks inside the county, but also from surrounding areas. We are very centrally located – and we want to help drive the training availability here.”
Courses will be held at the Davie Community Building and Health Technology Building on the Davie County Campus of DCCC, located at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville.
Fees for the courses are $15 for each two-day class and $7.50 per one-day class for in-state students; out-of state students and those not associated with emergency services personnel who are not fee exempt will incur an additional $70 for registration. Certain courses may have additional certification fees and may require textbooks.
For more information and a complete list of programs, visit http://www.davidsonccc.edu/events/2nd-annual-davie-county-emergency-services-college, or contact Bryan Knight at 336-224-4802 or bryan_knight@davidsonccc.edu.

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