MOYOCK - In the unfortunate event of a fire, home and business owners throughout several local counties are now being helped by more highly skilled firefighters, thanks to a new firefighters' training program offered here.
The first ever Fire Academy, a six-month training course, is being directed by Moyock Fire Department Chief Dusty Ruscoe and professional firefighter Richard Lane, who is the academy's lead instructor. The academy's inaugural 25-member class began its training in January and will complete the course in June.
According to Ruscoe, the course is necessary not only to train beginning volunteer firefighters, but also to re-educate veterans on the advanced technology used by modern fire departments.
"The old days of putting the wet stuff on the red stuff are over," Ruscoe said. "It's a fire science now."
The academy includes students from several local fire departments, including individuals from Dare, Pasquotank, Currituck and Camden counties, as well as firefighters from Edenton. Firefighters in the academy meet three days each week, including a full day on Saturdays.
Following the curriculum of the International Fire Safety Training Association, the students are working to achieve Level One and Level Two certifications for fire-fighting. Level One involves requirements and techniques for putting out fires, while Level Two dives into the management and adminstration aspects of firefighting and helps a person qualify to become a line officer.