Three students handle a hose while spraying a fire in an enclosed pit with an instructor looking on

fire personnel at a training with hoses work to put out a large burning fireAre you a current or aspiring firefighter? 
The Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Foundation of North Carolina’s new Firefighter Stipend and Scholarship Program provides stipends of $500 per term or scholarships up to $1,000 for eligible Blue Ridge students pursuing NC Firefighter Certification courses or courses leading to an eligible associate degree!


Certifications Offered

  • Firefighter I & II
  • Driver Operator
  • Driver Operator/Aerials
  • Technical Rescuer
  • Fire Instructor (I & II)
  • Fire Officer (I & II)
  • Fire & Life Safety Educator (I, II, & III)
  • Fire Inspector (I, II, & III)

Fire and Rescue Training Course Schedules



Classes are designed to prepare students to become either a firefighter or a rescue technician. Skills learned will be for entry-level firefighter or rescue technician. There are also more advanced classes offered. Check the schedule for class dates.


  • Firefighter
  • Rescue Technician

Annual Salaries

  • Firefighter: $24,000 – $48,000
  • Rescue Technician: $24,000 – $48,000

The Results

Contact Us

Casey R. Silvers
Fire and Rescue Coordinator
(828) 694-1736