Are you looking for a career where you can help protect your neighbors?

JCC offers a variety of fire training options depending on the career interest of the student.

Students striving for leadership positions can complete the associate’s degree while students looking to start working sooner can take the night and weekend fire academy in a year’s time.

“We publish a schedule at the start of the year for the fire academy,” said Jared Rouse, coordinator of fire/rescue training at JCC. “The academy is 24 classes spread out over night and weekends. It covers all the basic topics you need, and it’s more flexible for someone already working or for a student who wants to see if fire and rescue is what they want to do.”

Rouse said the associate’s degree opens up opportunities for graduates to find jobs or advancement in governmental agencies, industrial firms, insurance rating organizations, educational organizations or municipal fire departments.

“You don’t just have to be a firefighter,” Rouse said. “Students with the degree can pursue positions like fire inspector, fire marshal or jobs in emergency management. There are also transfer opportunities to four-year institutions like University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Fayetteville for a bachelor’s degree.”

In addition to the degree and fire academy, JCC also offers many courses at fire departments as training on specialized fire and rescue skills.

“As a delivery agency, it’s imperative that we meet Johnston County’s needs first,” Rouse said. “We want JCC to be the first choice for any fire training need for any fire fighter in Johnston County.”

The College is excited about the construction of its new fire training tower, which will allow students to train in a more realistic environment. Scheduled to be complete this fall, the 5,000 square foot group of building is three-stories tall.

“We’ll be able to replicate fire conditions from home to warehouse and on multiple stories,” he said.

Rouse said fire programs at JCC are attracting younger and more diverse students.

“This is a career field where you have a direct impact on someone’s life,” he said. “Whether someone is trapped in a burning building or vehicle, you have the ability to take your training and knowledge and directly impact someone’s life for the better.”  

For more information about fire programs at JCC, please contact Jared Rouse at (919) 464-2356 or