Registration underway for 32nd annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College

Set for Nov. 6-8 at Wilkes Community College

WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College will hold its 32nd annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College on Nov. 6-8. Registrations and fees to participate should be received by Oct. 23. Registrations on this date will determine which classes will run and which will be cancelled due to lack of enrollment. All classes and sections will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The earlier we receive registrations from participants, the more likely those participants will receive their first choice of classes,” said Bobby Gentry, director of Fire and Rescue Services. “Should their first-choice classes be full or cancelled, they will be placed in the next available class of choice. No registrations will be taken by phone or fax, so time is important to get these registrations in now.”

The Northwest Fire & Rescue College is one of the most acclaimed trainings in this state. It generally draws more than 450 firefighters and emergency rescue workers from across North Carolina and parts of Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina. It is a weekend school held the first weekend of every November. This school offers multiple classes to meet the needs and demands of the entire emergency services community. Types of courses offered include firefighter and technical rescuer certification courses, fire and rescue specialty courses, hazardous materials training, arson detection, fire investigation, wildland firefighting, emergency medical services training, leadership development, and many more. Complete details of course offerings and schedules are available online at

All participation fees should accompany the registration forms. Notices will be sent in cases of class cancellation with confirmation of alternative choices. Students will be able to access their schedules through WebAdvisor. Fees will only be returned due to cancellation of classes.

Registrations will be accepted up to the fire college weekend; however, any registrations received after Oct. 24 will be treated as walk-in registrations. Walk-in registrations and information will be available at the information table on Friday night and Saturday morning of the event. Advanced registered students should report directly to their classes.

For more information about the Northwest Fire & Rescue College, contact Bobby Gentry at 336-838-6215 or, or Gwenda Wagoner at

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.

Set for Nov. 6-8 at Wilkes Community College
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