Coastal Carolina Community College Fire Protection Technology

Coastal Carolina Community College Fire Protection Technology The Fire Protection Technology curriculum is designed to provide individuals with technical and professional knowledge to make decisions regarding fire protection for both public and private sectors.

It also provides a sound foundation for continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration, and management. Course work includes classroom and laboratory exercises to introduce the student to various aspects of fire protection. Students will learn technical and administrative skills such as hydraulics, hazardous materials, arson investigation, fire protection safety, fire suppression management, law, and codes. Graduates should qualify for employment or advancement in governmental agencies, industrial firms, insurance rating organizations, educational organizations, and municipal fire departments. Employed persons should have opportunities for skilled and supervisory-level positions within their current organizations. Any student interested in applying for admission to the Fire Protection Technology program should contact Ronnie Holton at (910)938-6102 or Katherine M. Burton at (910) 938-6796.

Operating as usual

Our second 8-week fall session starts October 15. Let's make some progress on your degree!

Our second 8-week fall session starts October 15. Let's make some progress on your degree!

North Carolina's worst loss-of-life fire.

North Carolina's worst loss-of-life fire.

September 3

ON THIS DAY, this terrible day, in North Carolina history...

It is about 8:15 in the morning ON THIS DAY, and Captain Calvin White of the Hamlet Fire Department is still drinking a cup of coffee he will never finish. What he doesn't know is that a few blocks away, a disaster has just begun to unfold at the Imperial Foods Chicken Nugget plant.

At the plant, the morning shift has punched in. Most of them reluctantly, because the Labor Day weekend is coming up, and they are looking forward to the day off and the long weekend. But to get that paid Labor Day holiday, they had to be on time and on the job the week before. And just as at the fire station, the clocks at the plant are ticking to 8:15 am.

In almost the center of the eleven-year-old plant, there is a twenty-five-foot-long deep fryer running at 375 degrees. Near the fryer is a hydraulic line that controls the conveyer belt that works in conjunction with the fryer. It has recently been altered with a fitting that isn't rated to handle the pressure the hose carries. At 8:15, that fitting blows free, spraying hydraulic fluid into the burners of the deep fat fryer. A horrendous fireball erupts.

In seconds the hydrocarbon-rich hydraulic fluid, along with the now burning oil from the fryer, spews thick black smoke in all directions. The initial fireball cuts the phone lines, so no alarm goes out. In seconds the survivors are blinded by smoke that is so filled with hydrocarbons it will incapacitate within seconds. The 90 employees recoil away from the fire and begin seeking escape.

The regulator on the natural gas line feeding the burners on the fryer then fails in the heat, flooding the fire with natural gas. It is a white-hot fireball from the heart of hell. Many of the plant's employees grope their way to exits, only to find them padlocked from the outside. There is no escape, and many will die, here, in these spots desperately pounding, kicking, beating on the door.

Meanwhile back at the firehouse, the daily routine is shattered when at 8:24 am a car squeals to a stop outside, and a frantic Brad Roe, operations manager of the Imperial Foods Plant (and the owner's son), bursts into the fire station to report the fire. The phones at the plant don't work. However, in his desperate drive to save the plant, he forgets to mention that there are still people trapped inside.

As fast as the firemen respond, it is still three more minutes before the first truck arrives on the scene, and Captain White steps down to a nightmare of dead and dying. He grabs the radio and frantically pleads for every unit available to respond.

Meanwhile, inside the plant, workers are stumbling and fumbling their way in a desperate attempt to find a way out. Some find their way to a cooler, hoping it will be a shelter from the fire. It won't be. Twelve will die here, and five more are seriously injured. Seven more flee the immediate vicinity of the blaze only to pile up inside yet another padlocked exit door. The door's interior is marked with the indentations and tracks of their melting shoes as they desperately, frantically, fruitlessly, try to kick the door open. They all die.

By the time the fire is out, and the plant has been cleared, 25 workers are dead, and 55 injured by burns, blindness, respiratory disease from smoke inhalation, neurological damage and post-traumatic stress disorder. Only 11 of the 90 employees escape unscathed.

And it will turn out that the plant owner, Emmett Roe, has padlocked the fire escape doors shut to keep employees from what he suspects is pilfering of the chicken nuggets the plant produces. A little over a year later, on September 15, 1992, Roe will plead guilty to 25 counts of involuntary manslaughter. No one else is found guilty. He is sentenced to 19 years and 11 months...but is paroled after four years. He is ordered to remove himself from North Carolina, and never to return. Imperial Foods is fined $808,150...the highest in the history of North Carolina. The plant itself is closed and bulldozed.

The Imperial Foods Hamlet fire is the worst industrial disaster in North Carolina's history.

~Kevin E. Spencer, Author, North Carolina Expatriates

-The deep fryer where the fire started.
-Locked Fire Door
-Floor plan showing fire origin, deaths, and injured.
-The Hamlet Industrial Foods Plant, with the burned-out collapsed roof directly above where the fire started.


Officer II Hybrid at Coastal- Starts online October 5, classroom days are November 7 & 8. This is the last chance to use your J&B Officer text for a class as OSFM is going to IFSTA in 2021.

Coastal Carolina CC Emergency Management AAS

Coastal Carolina CC Emergency Management AAS

Governor Cooper's Press Conference yesterday shared a couple of contacts that may be useful to first responders, educators, and child care workers:
1) Those that have childcare concerns or difficulties may call the State’s Child Care Option Hotline at 1-888-600-1685.
2) Hope for Healers is a hotline that was set up to assist first responders and childcare workers during this challenging time. They have expanded this to educators.


The College is closed today.

Coastal Carolina Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College

Are you a Summer 2020 graduate? Summer 2020 graduation applications are due Friday, July 31st at 5:00 pm. Contact Coastal Carolina Community College Registrar at [email protected] or 910 938 6332

The value of identifying the problem.

The value of identifying the problem.

Always do a 360 before your initial attack. The initial scene size-up was heavy smoke showing from the first floor. Lt. Michael Yoder was the officer on the first-in engine & did his job by the book. His 360 revealed vital information & allowed for key steps to be taken:

1. The 360 revealed that the house was 3 stories with a walkout basement on the Bravo side.
2. The seat of the fire was found to be in the basement.
3. The initial attack was made through a basement door allowing rapid & efficient application of the wet stuff on the red stuff. The fire was contained using the water on our engine & tanker (roughly used 1,500 out of 3,750 available gallons).
4. Rapid improvement in conditions allowed the recognition of utilization of wooden I-beams in the construction that had failed & that first floor integrity was completely compromised.

The key point here, in my opinion as Incident Command, was that the appropriate initial actions not only allowed for rapid extinguishment of a well advanced fire but also saved lives. Tunnel vision and deployment of the initial attack line through the front door on the Alpha side would have likely lead to disaster for the crew. Great job by Lt. Yoder, FF Kenny Schlabach, & FF Austin Weaver!

A tragic LODD loss due to bowstring truss failure. This incident has informed all of us since the loss of the five HFD m...

A tragic LODD loss due to bowstring truss failure. This incident has informed all of us since the loss of the five HFD members.

On July 1, 1988 a fire at the Hackensack Ford Dealership claimed the lives of five firefighters. After 20 minutes of battling the blaze, firefighters were in a defensive posture in the garage at the rear of the building. Suddenly a 60’ square section of the building’s wood bowstring truss roof collapsed, and an intense fire immediately engulfed the area. Several factors contributed to the tragedy including faults in leadership, lack of training in the roof type, and a communications breakdown.

The Hackensack Ford Fire caused the fire service to begin taking building construction seriously. Before this fire, building construction was seldom the focus, and bowstring truss were of minimal concern. #FireHistory #NeverForget

Congratulations to Tyler Whitley as he is awarded the NCSFA scholarship. Tyler is nearing completion of our Fire Protect...

Congratulations to Tyler Whitley as he is awarded the NCSFA scholarship. Tyler is nearing completion of our Fire Protection Technology AAS degree. Good work!

Please join us in congratulating JT Whitley on being selected as a scholarship recipient from the NC State Firefighters’ Association Eastern Region. As indicated on the certificate, Senior Firefighter Whitley has excelled in academic achievement, character development, and leadership. Congratulations! #RMFDproud

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Survey for female firefighters regarding PPE.

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Coastal Carolina Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College

Due to water damage, the Accounting Office is temporarily closed. For assistance please call 910-938-6217 or 910-938-6342. You may also contact us via email at [email protected]. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Coastal Carolina Community College Fire/Rescue Training
Coastal Carolina Community College Fire/Rescue Training

Coastal Carolina Community College Fire/Rescue Training

Fire Officer II Hybrid
Register by June 26, online starts June 29.
Classroom Sessions: August 1 & 2 at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville
Pre-requisites: Officer I, Instructor I, 5 years as a certified FF II.
There is a textbook required!
Instructor: Ed Duffield
Details are on the Registration Guide linked below.


Summer classes for Fire Protection start Monday, May 18! FIP 128 Detection & Investigation and FIP 221 Advanced Fire Fighting Strategies are offered in our summer semester. All related courses are offered as well. If you need to get registered, contact us ASAP! [email protected]


Congratulations to Coastal graduate candidate Danny Floyd with Asheboro FD! Danny is wrapping up his last class at Coastal after starting his degree in 2002! It's never too late to start, never too late to finish! Contact us if you have questions about degree completion. Stay safe!


Webinar today at noon from the American College of Medical Toxicology: Town Hall Q&A: Practical Issues of PPE and COVID19

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77 Films

On April 16th, 1947, an explosion --- considered an "industrial accident", destroyed Texas City.

Follow our journey to bring this story to the big screen.


Coastal Carolina Community College Fire/Rescue Training

Coastal Carolina Community College Fire/Rescue Training

Now Available for Registration!
*Online Bloodborne Pathogens Refresher April 20 - May 1, 3 hours.
*Online HazMat Refresher Training May 4 - 29, 6 hours.
Don't let this downtime due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order go to waste! Maintain your social distancing by completing this required annual training online now!
These are fee-waived classes for members of fire departments in NC. Training will be documented on your Coastal Carolina Community College transcript.
Registration details are at the Dropbox link.

Grant Opportunity
FY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program

Grant Opportunity

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

Coastal Carolina Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College Students:

As a result of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s latest executive order which takes effect Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., your college’s senior administrative team met last evening and earlier this afternoon to discuss the possible implications.

Efforts have been and continue to be made in order to ensure that you have the opportunity to meet your educational goals during this challenging time.

While limited face-to-face classes which accommodate law enforcement and our active duty military are continuing, all others have been transitioned to a remote learning format. Plans are now necessary to also curtail a number of face-to-face support services, including the library and academic counseling. For those of you who have continued to come onto campus over the past two weeks utilizing various services, you may return this coming Monday, the 30th, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in order for the staff to help you with continued support through remote means if possible. Beyond Monday and until such time as the COVID-19 restrictions subside, face-to-face services will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

It is my hope that you, your family, and friends will remain healthy and safe through this difficult time. Please know that your faculty and staff remain committed to your success.

We wish you the best.

David L. Heatherly
Coastal Carolina Community College

Jacksonville Public Safety

What messaging are you doing this weekend? Here's a great example of outreach attached to an event that EVERYONE is familiar with.

Public Safety Reminder: As we SPRING forward an hour this weekend, it's also a great time to change the batteries in all smoke alarms and ensure they are working properly.

The One Meridian Plaza fire: What were the lessons learned?

The One Meridian Plaza fire: What were the lessons learned?

On this day in 1991, a fire at the One Meridian Plaza in Philadelphia, PA claimed the lives of three firefighters. The fire began on the 22nd floor and extended and destroyed 9 floors of the 38-story fire-resistive building. PFD was plagued by operational problems during the 18-½ -hour effort to control the fire.

Firefighters began experiencing problems before they even reached the fire. By the time firefighters reached the 11th floor the building had lost power after the heat from the blaze damaged electrical cables. The building was without electricity for the entirety of the event. This forced firefighters to work in darkness and without the aid of elevators.

Firefighters were again hampered when it was discovered the pressure release valves on the standpipes were improperly adjusted when installed in the building. The Philadelphia Fire Department nozzles allowed 100 psi nozzle pressure while One Meridian Plaza’s pressure release valves were giving less than 60 psi discharge pressure, which was not sufficient to fight the fire. It was several hours into the fire before a technician who could adjust the valves arrived at the scene.

A captain and two firefighters were assigned to ventilate the stairwell. The three firefighters went up a center staircase from the 22nd floor and soon radioed that they were disoriented by heavy smoke on the 30th floor. Search teams were sent from the lower floors and searched the 30th floor, but did not find the missing firefighters. The teams then moved onto the upper levels where one team got lost on the 38th floor and ran out of air in their SCBA. That team was rescued by a search team that had been placed on the roof by a helicopter. Rescue attempts continued until helicopter operations were suspended due to heavy smoke and thermal drafts caused by the blaze.

The fire was stopped when it reached a floor with automatic sprinklers. “Workers had been refinishing woodwork in a vacant office earlier in the day and workers left a pile of rags soaked in linseed oil on the floor. The linseed oil oxidized and generated enough heat to ignite the rags which then set fire to other solvents nearby. Smoke detectors did not cover the entire floor and by the time the fire alarm went off the fire was already well established.

#FireHistory #NeverForget

Coastal Carolina Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College

Calling all of our awesome Coastal Veterans. Tomorrow February 20th from 11am - 2pm in the James H. Melton Skills Building Coastal will be hosting the Veterans Resource Fair. Come out and learn about all the resources available to you in our community and on campus. #ccccveterans #cccccampuslife #coastalcarolinacommunitycollege #veteransresourcefair

Congratulations to Chief Procopio, who is a graduate of our program and a former Adjunct Instructor.

Congratulations to Chief Procopio, who is a graduate of our program and a former Adjunct Instructor.

JFES DEPUTY CHIEF PROCOPIO - 20 YEAR MILESTONE (posted 2 14 2020) We sat down with Chief Procopio in honor of her 20 years of service and asked her five questions.

What prompted you to join the fire service?
I joined the fire service shortly after moving to NC from Michigan in February of 1998. I first started volunteering at a rescue squad since I thought my path was still going to be in the Nursing profession. Shortly thereafter, I started volunteering at the Sneads Ferry Volunteer Fire Department and fell in love with fighting fire and the fire service in general. It made me feel that I had a family here in North Carolina.

How is the fire service different now from when you began?

The fire service has made many changes since I started working for the City of Jacksonville in February of 2000. There have been many improvements in gear and equipment. At the start of my fire service career, not all personnel had portable radios. Now, all personnel have a radio assigned to them for their shift. We have more thermal imaging cameras on the apparatus, better fitting gear and uniforms for women and a heightened awareness for mental and physical health. We are now performing cancer-preventing measures on scene so we do not bring as many contaminants back to the station with us. Training opportunities are readily available locally, which was not always the case back then.

Can you describe the most memorable experience in the fire service?

It would have to be the Majestic fire in early 2001, I believe. The Majestic was an old building in downtown Jacksonville that used to be a bar, but was vacant for several years and used for storage. That fire was a difficult one to put out. It was the first hydrant I had to catch for an actual call and not for just for training. It was so cold that night that the water from our hose streams was freezing on the sidewalk.

Anyone you would like to remember or thank in reference to your career?
I would like to thank Chief Mike Lefler (JFES, Retired) for always encouraging me and having faith in me. I would like to thank Captain Tom Seybuck (JFES, retired) for teaching me the discipline needed to do this job as a firefighter, driver, and eventually through the rank of Captain. I would also like to thank Capt. David Johnson (JFES, retired for recognizing my abilities, even when he did not have to.

What advice would you provide to those beginning their career in the fire service?

I would tell someone beginning his or her career in the fire service is always be ready to learn. I have been in the fire service overall for 22 years (20 with the City). I am still learning. Always strive to be ready for the next step in your career. You never know when the opportunity may present itself --and you always want to be ready.


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