First responders hone their skills at the Robeson Community College training exhibit

LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – Firefighters and paramedics traveled to Robeson Community College this week to work on continuing education.

Smoke and explosions filled the air at the emergency services training center as they learned the latest techniques.

“We brought in nearly 400 students this year to take a variety of courses in live fires, technical rescue, explosives, and more,” said Robert Ivey, director of fire and rescue training for the college.

North Carolina requires firefighters to complete 36 hours of training each year to keep up to date with the latest technologies and methods.

“Whether it’s fire, rescue or EMS, if they stay in that career, they’ll see things change,” Ivey said. “Vehicle anatomy changes and you have to be up to date with that when you have someone stuck inside a car. Training is a constant thing.

The students worked on simulations like entering a burn trailer to put out the fire. Ivey said departments up to four hours away came to the college to participate.

“It’s a very robust program,” Ivey said. “Last fiscal year, as far as the community college system goes, we were second in the state for the number of fire and rescue courses we run.”

He said it was the 48th year that the RCC had held the exhibition and staff were already planning for next year.

“It’s become very popular over the years and we hope we’ve delivered a good product,” Ivey said.

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