In a continued effort to reduce fire loss in the State of North Carolina, the State Legislature established General Statute 58-78-5.14b, which requires the State Fire and Rescue Commission to establish voluntary minimum professional qualifications for all levels of fire and rescue service personnel.
The standard for Technical Rescuer Certification is considered to be a minimum standard and the Fire & Rescue Commission fully recognizes that, due to differing requirements, many fire departments may set forth standards much higher than these for their personnel. It is the intent, however, that through a voluntary program, personnel who provide rescue services to the communities of our state, will meet or exceed this standard.
Surry Community College Fire and Rescue Division conducts all certification tests in accordance with the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission Testing Policy. A simplified testing policy is available which summarizes the main points of this policy. To be eligible to test, students must register BEFORE 10% of the class time has passed and MUST attend 80% of the entire class.
The Technical Rescuer candidate must meet the entrance requirements listed below before certification can be issued.
- Age / Education Requirements
The candidate must be at least 18 years of age. Training and course work may be completed in advance, but certification cannot be issued until the candidate’s 18th birthday. Moreover, the candidate must meet the requirements of the standard in place at the time of his/her birthday even though he/she may have been working toward a previous standard.
The candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent recognized by the State Department of Public Instruction (i.e., GED). This requirement may be waived for an individual who has been on the roster of a recognized fire and/or rescue organization since July 1, 2000.
- Physical Requirements
The candidate should undergo a thorough physical examination prior to any activity to ensure his/her ability to perform the required tasks. This examination should be conducted by a qualified physician or recognized medical practitioner using a recommended medical standard, such as NFPA 1582 Standard for Medical Requirements for Fire Service Personnel, Current Edition. The submission of a medical approval form is not required for certification.
- Program Requirements
The instruction and evaluation given an Technical Rescuer who achieves certification is critical to ensuring a quality program. Training and evaluation of students must be accomplished by qualified individuals, working in conjunction with approved delivery agencies.
- Student Evaluations
Evaluation of the student for certification is a critical link in the total preparedness of the individual. Student evaluations must be accomplished by qualified Level II Instructors serving as proctors. The evaluation itself must be separate and distinct from the training process.
- Practical Examination
Practical examinations are intended to measure the manipulative skills of the Emergency Rescue Technician and will follow guidelines set forth under the Policy for Testing manual. Although capable of testing 100% of the practical objectives, the examination will only test a pre-selected percentage based on testing scenarios provided to the proctor. A score of 70% or above shall constitute a passing grade for the candidate.
- Written Examination
The written exam measures the cognitive skills of the Technical Rescuer and must follow the guidelines set forth under the Policy for Testing manual. The examination will be randomly generated and provided to the evaluator by the delivery agency. A score of 70% or above shall constitute a passing grade for the candidate.
Technical Water Rescue
This Technical Rescuer (TR) Water Certification block course will present the Technical Rescuer with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters 11 and 12 (surface and swift water) of NFPA 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Professional Qualifications.
This block course covers all four required parts of the Technical Rescuer Water certification course series as outlined by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission: FIP-6405 TR Water: Rescue Operations, FIP-6406 TR Water: Rescue Techniques, FIP-6407 TR Water: Rescue Transportation, and FIP-6408 TR Water: Rescue Victim Management. This transfers as one "all or nothing" block to the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). Students must successfully complete all portions to receive certification credit for this block course.