TCCC Hosts Successful Public Saf...

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Tri-County Community College Hosts Successful Public Safety College

Winfield Abee, western regional fire and rescue coordinator for the NC Community College System, is presented with his 2016 Fontana Public Safety College shirt by Bo Gray, vice president for college and community initiatives at Tri-County Community College, at the annual Public Safety College at Fontana Village on Feb. 19.

Fontana Village Resort once again hosted the annual Tri-County Community College (TCCC) Public Safety Training College from Feb. 18-21. College officials said more than 160 public safety personnel participated in the 2016 edition of the training college.

The weekend was filled with classes across the public safety spectrum and drew in a diverse group of firefighters and rescue personnel from surrounding counties and other areas in the state, including as far away as Carolina Beach.

“This year’s public safety college went very well and was not possible without a total team approach from all the staff at Tri-County,” said Henry Angelopulos, director of the public safety training program at TCCC. “Most of all, the weather was very cooperative. Even though we had some rain, it did not snow like in recent years.”

Attendees were able to participate in live-burn scenarios, gain certifications in either firefighting or emergency medical training, and take classes which led to National Fire Academy credits.

“In the future we are looking to add more specialty fire and rescue classes, leadership and management classes, and more EMS and general public safety classes,” Angelopulos said. “We also want to add some search and rescue wilderness classes and ATV in the fire service classes.”

This year’s event was dedicated in the memory of J.D. Robinson following his line of duty death in August 2015. Robinson served for 18 years as chief of the Brasstown Volunteer Fire Department.

“The public safety college allows personnel local and from distant fire departments, rescue squads, and other public safety entities the opportunity to receive training and to network with their peers,” Angelopulos said. “Some of the classes can be difficult to take and the training college provides a venue for them.”

For more information regarding the public safety training program at TCCC, contact Angelopulos at 835-4251.