Fire & Emergency Services Programs

Big Changes in Emergency Medical Training at Rowan-Cabarrus

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is making big changes and improvements to our emergency medical training. Think more offerings and more opportunities! As part of this, we’d like to introduce Mr. Paul DuPree as the new director of emergency medical services. Paul is an award winning and well rounded leader in emergency services with over twenty seven years’ experience in all specialties including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, public safety diving and water rescue, underwater search and recovery and urban search and rescue.

Paul DuPreePaul’s career began in the fire service as a volunteer while in high school in Canton, N.C. After graduating, Paul served as a military police officer during Desert Storm. He returned to western NC and served as paramedic and supervisor in Haywood County and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Paul then worked as an operations supervisor for Lincoln County EMS for 11 years and later accepted a position as Director of public health and safety at Brunswick Community College.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from the American Military University, an associate’s degree in Emergency Preparedness Technology from Caldwell Community College, an undergraduate Certificate in EMS Management from UNC-Charlotte, undergraduate certificates in disaster response and recovery and an undergraduate certificate in disaster mitigation and preparedness from CCC&TI.

Paul also holds a current paramedic certification, PADI divemaster certification, firefighter certification and is a state certified fire and EMS instructor. Paul also holds numerous certifications in advanced incident command along with certifications from the National Fire Academy in Maryland and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness in Alabama. Paul has received numerous national and local awards and commendations throughout his career, including the statewide gold medal/EMT Paramedic of the year award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The College’s currently successful Fire/EMS Continuing Education Paramedic (CEP) certification program will provide a continuous and sustainable enrollment of students that are interested in “bridging” their CEP Certification with the proposed Emergency Medical degree curriculum; completing the Emergency Medical Science A.A.S. degree.

For more information, please download the program flyer.

Fire Services Training

aerial view of firefighter ladder truckRowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Emergency Services Training program is designed to provide individuals the information and skills needed to obtain North Carolina Fire Fighter certification with the NC Department of Insurance, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), and the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

This certification requires the completion of 21 courses.

In addition, other Fire Services Training certification courses include: Driver Operator, Hazardous Materials, Fire Life Safety Educator, Fire Officer, Fire Instructor and Rapid Intervention.

Technical Rescue Training

firefighters using tools to remove victims from carRowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Emergency Services Training program is designed to provide individuals and rescue personnel the information and skills needed to obtain Technical Rescue Certification which includes basic and advanced rescue courses.

These certifications are issued by the NC Department of Insurance.

Emergency Medical Trainingemt loading patient into ambulance

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Emergency Services Training program offers courses to obtain North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) certification in Medical Responder, EMT – Basic and EMT – Paramedic.

After passing the NCOEMS certification exam, you would be eligible to seek employment with a North Carolina EMS agency.

Current paramedics, have you heard about our EMT Bridge Program?  Contact Paul Dupree for information!

American Heart Association (AHA) Training

people performing airway breathing procedure in training classRowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Emergency Services Training program offers certification courses in:
First Aid
and other AHA courses, including CPR Instructor & First Aid Instructor

Employment Opportunities

For more information, please contact:

Paul DuPree
Director in Emergency Medical Science[+]
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Roger McDaniel
Director in Fire & Emergency Services[+]
  • Corporate and Continuing Education
Lewis Rogers
Coordinator in Fire & Emergency Services[+]
  • Corporate and Continuing Education
Danny Scott
Assistant Director in Fire & Emergency Services[+]
  • Corporate and Continuing Education