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Prestigious North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs Recognizes Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Fire & Emergency Services Program

Jun 12, 2018 07:03PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

NC Association of Fire Chiefs shows gratitude to Roger McDaniel and his team for years of support. Courtesy of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College website.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is responsible for training many of the Cabarrus County area’s firefighters, police officers, nurses and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). According to a recent press release, Roger McDaniel, director of fire and emergency services programs, and his team were recognized for their years of hard work as part of the College’s Fire & Emergency Services training program.

The North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs is the prestigious organization that granted McDaniel and his team the recognition at a board meeting, presenting them with a "thank you plaque of appreciation."

“We are very proud of Roger. He is an asset to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. His dedication to the training of our public safety professionals is unparalleled,” said in the release Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

The partnership between the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs and Rowan-Cabarrus as been cultivated for many years at the Mid-Winter Annual Conference.

The recognition is largely due to the increasing success and number of courses offered at Rowan-Cabarrus for Fire & Emergency Services training. Last year there were over 1,100 fire and emergency services courses taught.

Jake Whisnant, executive director of North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs, stated in the release that the "support from our community colleges is vital to our conference initiatives, and we know we can always count on the support of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.”

He continued to note the importance of quality instructors, something that the College is becoming increasing known for, especially when it comes to their popular public safety programs. Because of some recent investments that have been made into the programs, there has been room to grow and improve the training programs offered.

“We have the largest fire and rescue program in the state thanks to Roger McDaniel. He sees opportunity everywhere,” said Craig Lamb, vice president for corporate and continuing education, in the release. “For instance, over the last five years when the annual fire chiefs have come to Concord for their conference, Roger and his team put on 26 different courses over three days, enrolling 1,029 individuals in the courses."

The new training facility includes a 3,500-square-foot burn building, training pads for props, driver training services, flashover chamber, two rail props, fire extinguisher station, retention pond, mobile classroom and office, and extrication props.

Congratulations to McDaniel and his team! Thank you for your hard work!

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for fall classes beginning August 13, 2018.

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