SCC Fire Academy

Do you enjoy helping people and making a difference in your community? Sandhills Fire Academy prepares you to become a competent, confident and fully prepared fire service provider. The Academy focuses on an intense hands-on approach to firefighting at our public safety training center campus. You will receive training and instruction that promotes both skill competency and understanding of the fireground.

Certifications include:

  • Firefighter I/II
  • Hazardous Materials Level I Responder
  • Technical Rescuer
  • EMT-Basic

Our program is approved by the NC Office of the State Fire Marshal and the NC Community College System. Current volunteer firefighters may be eligible for a fee waiver based on their membership with a local, city, county or state fire department. Application packets available at or in the Continuing Education offices in Van Dusen Hall. For more information contact Michelle Bauer at (910) 695-3774 or  Academies begin the 2nd Tuesday in July and February

Prerequisite(s): High School Diploma or equivalent
Instructor: Chad Thomason, Scott Padgett, Forrest Cox
Larry R Caddell Public Safety Training Center
$75-$185 (waived for qualified students)
$180 uniform fee + $2.50 insurance
CEU: 64
Texts: Essentials of Fire Fighting, 6th Edition; Emergency Care, 13th Edition

Class code: 3601
July 7 – Dec 18
M-Th, 8:30am-5pm
F, 8:30am-4pm

Classes are held at:
Larry R Caddell Public Safety Training Center
333 Niagara-Carthage Road
Carthage NC 28327

Application Packet


Michelle Bauer
(910) 695-3774
Chad Thomason

Firefighter Certification Classes

Firefighter certification classes are offered throughout semester on nights and weekends at the Larry R. Caddell Public Safety Training Center, 333 Niagara-Carthage Road, Carthage.  Please contact Michelle Bauer, Fire and Rescue Director at 910-695-3774 or for more information about class offerings and registration process.

Instructor: Varies
Larry R Caddell Public Safety Training Center
$75 (waived for qualified students)
Text(s): Essentials of Fire Fighting, 6th Edition
CEU: .8-3.6