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Nine Graduate from PCC's 8th Fire Academy

Graduates of the college's 8th Fire Academy pose for a group photo following their graduation ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.

WINTERVILLE—After six months of rigorous training, nine students graduated from Pitt Community College’s 8th Fire Academy during a July 17 ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.

The nine volunteer firefighters from Winterville, Ayden, Eastern Pines and Red Oak fire departments started their training Jan. 12.

In partnership with Greenville Fire and Rescue, the classroom portion of the academy was conducted at the Mercy Operations Center on 10th Street in Greenville. Their physical training included a live burn of the Drill Tower and basic ladder training. They were also taught the proper method for pulling hoses, pulling water and repelling.

With the successful completion of the academy, the graduates received their Technical Rescuer, EMT-Basic, Firefighter, Hazardous Material Level 1 Responder, and Emergency Vehicle Driver certifications.

PCC will begin its 9th Fire Academy on Jan. 11. Prior to the start, a mandatory orientation session will take place Nov. 23 in the college’s Greenville Center at 6 p.m.

The academy is open to anyone age 18 and older with a letter of affiliation from a local fire department.