Tribe partnering with SCC to start Fire Fighter Academy

by Nov 6, 2012COMMUNITY sgadugi, NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments

The EBCI Department of Public Safety, in partnership with Southwestern Community College (SCC) Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Center (PSTC), is starting an unprecedented effort to train future fire fighters.  In a joint effort to address the shortage of qualified fire fighter applicants, a new program will be offered at SCC-PSTC located in Franklin.

This program will consist of a condensed, intensive 18-week course that will produce qualified firefighter applicants possessing certifications as a Level 1 Firefighter, Basic EMT, Hazmat, Wildfire Firefighter and Commercial Driver’s License prep with a focus on gaining Fire Truck/Tanker endorsements.

The Fire Fighter Academy is scheduled to begin the first week of March 2013.  A preliminary screening and sign-up program will begin within the next two weeks, so contact the Tribal Education Office or Travis Scruggs, Fire/Rescue coordinator at SCC-PSTC (828) 306-7045 to sign up as there are maximum class size limitations.  Assistance in test preparation will be available from SCC.  Varying financial aid vehicles will be available to assist in financing the program for applicants.

– EBCI Dept. of Public Safety