Fire and Rescue

Available Fire Training Courses

View Current Schedule of Courses

How to Register

Contact Ben Smith to register.

  • Starts May 6, 2024
  • Pre-registration required, Contact Ben Smith to pre-register.
  • Non-affiliated students will be required to pay registration fees.
  • Participants can take the whole program or individual classes as needed.

DateFIP #TopicStart TimeEnd TimeHours
Monday, May 6, 20246510Rope Basics9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Tuesday, May 7, 20246510Rope Basics9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Wednesday, May 8, 20246502Anchors and MAS10005:00 PM6
Thursday, May 9, 20246502Anchors and MAS10005:00 PM6
Friday, May 10, 20246502Anchors and MAS10005:00 PM6
Monday, May 13, 20246503Fixed Ropes Systems9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Tuesday, May 14, 20246503Fixed Ropes Systems9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Wednesday, May 15, 20246507Lowers and Raises9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Thursday, May 16, 20246507Lowers and Raises9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Monday, May 20, 20246506Horizontal Systems9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Tuesday, May 21, 20246506Horizontal Systems9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Wednesday, May 22, 20246511Victim Management9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Thursday, May 23, 20246511Victim Management9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Friday, May 24, 20246511Victim Management9:00 AM3:00 PM5
Monday, May 27, 20246509Rescue Equipment9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Tuesday, May 28, 20246508Personal Protective Equip9:00 AM4:00 PM6
Wednesday, May 29, 20246508Personal Protective Equip9:00 AM3:00 PM5
Thursday, May 30, 20246505Helicopter Transport9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Monday, June 3, 20246501Rescue Operations9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Tuesday, June 4, 20246501Rescue Operations9:00 AM5:00 PM7
Wednesday, June 5, 20246504Health and Wellness8:00 AM5:00 PM8

Fire and Rescue Academy

To become a candidate for the next scheduled Academy, download and complete an application packet or contact the Fire/Rescue Division for more information. 

Fire & Rescue Academy Application Packet 2024

Fire & Rescue Academy Information Packet 2023

Please be aware that the Wilson Fire/Rescue Academy will only accept a maximum of twenty-five (25) Cadets on a first come basis. Please do not wait until the deadline, as available seats may be filled.

Wilson Community College initiated the Reginal Fire Rescue Training Academy in 1998.  The academy has an excellent history of preparing top quality firefighters.  Approximately 96% of the firefighters graduating from the Cadet program have been successful in obtaining employment from fire departments all across North Carolina and other States that are members of the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

General Information

Wilson Community College Fire & Rescue Cadet Academy is a 22-week program that allows the cadet upon completion to become certified in Firefighter, TIMS, RIC, HAZMAT Level One Responder, Technical Rescuer, and EVD.

An optional nine (9) week, Emergency Medical Technician Certification class is also available to all cadets. The program operates in strict accordance with regulations mandated by the North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina Fire/Rescue Commission.

All cadets must pass the academic and physical fitness requirements in order to graduate.

The academy also consists of Live Fire LP Gas Training, Live Fire Training in Acquired Structures, and Interviewing Techniques. Physical Fitness is conducted each morning.

The Fire and Rescue Academy is scheduled twice each year (January-June and July-December). Classes are scheduled 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All classes are held at the Wilson Fire/Rescue Services Training Center

800 North Pine Street
Wilson, N.C. 27893


The registration fee is $175.00. If candidates are affiliated or employed with a fire or rescue department, the registration fees will be waived. Affiliated agencies may assist in the cost for books and uniforms. The required text is The Essentials of Firefighting, 6th edition.

The following uniforms and equipment are required: Academy Uniform, Academy Physical Fitness Uniform, and National Fire Protection Association approved Turn-Out Gear and Self-contained Breathing Apparatus. Uniform and book requirement information will be included in the application package.


The academy is about more than just certifications. Its purpose is to prepare the participant for the job. Its mission is to instill discipline, character, professionalism, teamwork, integrity, and credibility as well as the physical ability, knowledge, and skills to perform the job in a professional and safe manner.

Admission of Cadets

Candidates must be a member of a volunteer fire department, employed full or part-time with a fire department, or the candidate must be sponsored by a fire/rescue agency to be eligible for enrollment in the academy. A letter of recommendation or confirmation of employment must be on file at the Academy prior to admission. In the event that the employer or affiliated agency withdraws its support, the cadet will be immediately dismissed. The Academy will give priority admission to candidates holding full-time employment with fire/rescue agencies.

All candidates must have completed an application and a medical examination within six (6) months prior to admission. A completed F-2 physical examination form, cholesterol-screening test, drug screening test, and the results of a criminal history background check must be on file at the Academy prior to admission. Additional information may be requested at the discretion of the Fire/Rescue Training Director.


Upon satisfactory completion of all academy requirements, each cadet will receive a certificate.


Limited lodging is available at Wilson Fire/Rescue Services. They also provide a “Ride Along Program” for interested cadets.

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Severe Weather Alert

Due to the threat of severe weather, the college will be closed on Friday, September 7, 2023.