MERIDIAN — Special to The Star
Meridian Community College Workforce Development and the Mississippi Certified Firefighters hosted a graduation ceremony Jan. 31 for 16 firefighter students who recently completed the 274-hour NFPA 1001-I-II basic firefighter course.
“This class is a combined basic firefighter class consisting of nine of the newest hired firefighters from Meridian Fire Department, along with seven of the Refinery Terminal Fire Company firefighter recruits," Fire Instructor Ginger Hand said. "The Refinery Terminal Fire Company is the contract firefighting company for the Kemper County Lignite Plant. This was the first time that an industrial firefighting group has partnered with a municipal fire department for a field delivery of the 1001-I-II course.”
Daily classroom sessions combined with hands-on activities were conducted in the class to build skill development and to enhance the knowledge gained in the following areas of study: fire suppression, rescue, rope, hazardous materials, public safety education, firefighter survival and safety, fire detection systems and wild land fires.
To successfully complete the course, students had to pass written examinations and practical skills test at the Mississippi State Fire Academy.
“By pushing them to mentally and physically perform at their maximum level, this class prepares students for the challenges that firefighter’s face each day," Hand said. “Overcoming these challenges enables the student to adapt and overcome the many stressful and strenuous situations that he/she may be called to face throughout their career as a firefighter.”
The class was taught by Meridian Fire Department staff instructors and two instructors provided by the Refinery Terminal Fire Corporation.
The MCC Workforce Development program is located in Webb Hall and provides workforce training to the citizens of Meridian and Lauderdale County. The training is conducted in accordance with the Workforce Education Project Policies as developed by the Mississippi Community College Board.
To learn more about training programs offered through MCC’s Workforce Development call 601-482-7445 or visit www.meridiancc.edu/workforce_development.