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Blue Ridge Community College sees 10 graduates from Fire Academy program

Blue Ridge Community College, in conjunction with the Henderson County Fire and Rescue Association, recently celebrated the graduation of 10 students from its 2020 Fire Academy.

This three month program is designed to provide students with entry-level skills as a firefighter. A student can enter the Academy with no experience and leave with a North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal Firefighter certification.

Blue Ridge Fire Protection Technology/Emergency Management chair Brad Toms stated, “This is a solid group of graduates. As a group they have received several positive compliments from our instructors and chief officers who have been around our program.”

Toms added, “This academy gives students a feel for what to expect when entering the fire service, how to work and operate in a team environment and gives them access to our local departments and what those agencies are looking for and asking of their new hires.”

The list of graduates includes:

Justin Torin Coggins, Skyland Fire Rescue
Travis Michael Zody, Skyland Fire Rescue

Michael Anthony Dunne, City of Hendersonville Fire Department
Timothy Lee Eplee Jr., Etowah-Horse Shoe Fire Rescue
Haley Marcell Hrabar, Blue Ridge Fire Department

Samuel Vadim Hunnicutt, Brevard Fire Department

Lawrence Martin Jackson, Edneyville Fire Department

Jacob Freeman Lyda, Gerton Fire Department

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Benjamin Lewis Scott, Brevard Fire Department

Hector Alejandro Serna, Rims Creek Fire Department

For more information about the Fire Academy, visit or contact Toms at (828) 694-1736 or via email at