Northwest Fire & Rescue College registration due by Oct. 20

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WILKESBORO — Registration is now open for the 34th annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College scheduled to take place on Nov. 3-5 on the campus of Wilkes Community College. The three-day training for emergency personnel is sponsored by the Wilkes Firefighter’s Association, the Wilkes Rescue Squad and Wilkes Community College.

The Northwest Fire & Rescue College is a weekend school held the first weekend in November. This school offers multiple classes to meet the needs and demands of the entire emergency services community. This year’s school will offer 37 courses. Types of courses offered may 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 more.

Classes will be offered beginning on Friday at 8 a.m. and running through Sunday at 5 p.m. For a complete list of courses with days, times, instructors, credit hours, prerequisites and required equipment, visit; a registration form is also available online. To request a program booklet and registration form by mail, contact Susan Miles at 336-838-6474 or

Registration forms and fees should be received by Oct. 20. Registrations on this date will determine which classes will run and which will be cancelled due to lack of enrollment. Registrations will, however, be accepted up to the fire college weekend. Any registrations postmarked after the above date will be treated as walk-in registrations.

The Hampton Inn Wilkesboro and Holiday Inn Express of Wilkesboro is offering a discounted block of rooms for the Northwest Fire & Rescue College participants. The discounted rate is $102.00 plus tax. Participants should call 336-838-1800 and request a reservation in the WCC Fire School block of rooms.

The 34th annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College is dedicated to Bobby Gentry, the longtime director of WCC’s fire and rescue services department. Bobby retired from the college on July 1 after over 20 years of dedicated service. New to Wilkes Community College, Stephen Crouse, coordinator of Fire, EMS, and Rescue Training, and Terry Taylor, coordinator/instructor of Fire Training, have developed and are organizing this year’s training event.

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.

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