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WILMINGTON - More than 600 firefighters are expected to attend the Fire College sponsored by the Pender County Firefighters Association at Cape Fear Community College's North Campus this weekend.
Since 1983, Cape Fear Community College has hosted "fire colleges" that provide essential training to firefighters from all over the state. 55 different classes will be offered during the event for fire fighters at every level - from those just beginning their careers to fire chiefs.
"When the program started 30 years ago, we had about 75 people attend. We have people from all over the state come for training now," said Alex Stanland, Fire/Rescue Coordinator at CFCC.
Classes include courses for proper equipment operation, arson fire detection, and firefighter survival. Participants will get hands-on training extinguishing fires using the burn props at CFCC's Safety Training Center, as well as classroom training.
Three fire colleges are held each year at CFCC's Safety Training Center. In addition to January's fire college sponsored by the Pender County Firefighters Association, the New Hanover County Firefighters Association and the Eastern Carolina Firefighters Association will also sponsor fire colleges later in the year.
For more information, visit http://cfcc.edu/ce/firetraining/