North Carolina Technical Rescuer Certification
In a continued effort to reduce fire loss in the State of North Carolina, the State Legislature established General Statute 58-78-5.14b, which requires the State Fire and Rescue Commission to establish voluntary minimum professional qualifications for all levels of fire and rescue service personnel.
The standard for Technical Rescuer Certification is considered to be a minimum standard and the Fire & Rescue Commission fully recognizes that, due to differing requirements, many fire departments may set forth standards much higher than these for their personnel. It is the intent, however, that through a voluntary program, personnel who provide rescue services to the communities of our state, will meet or exceed this standard.
Individuals with credit for classes under the old standard will continue to have credit for those classes toward the new standard.
The NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescuer, Current Edition will be the performance standard used for Technical Rescuer certification.
The Technical Rescuer candidate must meet the entrance requirements listed below before certification can be issued.
Age / Education Requirements
The candidate must be at least 18 years of age. Training and course work may be completed in advance, but certification cannot be issued until the candidate’s 18th birthday. Moreover, the candidate must meet the requirements of the standard in place at the time of his/her birthday even though he/she may have been working toward a previous standard.
The candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent recognized by the State Department of Public Instruction (i.e., GED). This requirement may be waived for an individual who has been on the roster of a recognized fire and/or rescue organization since July 1, 2000.
The candidate should undergo a thorough physical examination prior to any activity to ensure his/her ability to perform the required tasks. This examination should be conducted by a qualified physician or recognized medical practitioner using a recommended medical standard, such as NFPA 1582 Standard for Medical Requirements for Fire Service Personnel, Current Edition. The submission of a medical approval form is not required for certification.
The instruction and evaluation given an Technical Rescuer who achieves certification is critical to ensuring a quality program. Training and evaluation of students must be accomplished by qualified individuals, working in conjunction with approved delivery agencies.
Evaluation of the student for certification is a critical link in the total preparedness of the individual. Student evaluations must be accomplished by qualified Level II Instructors serving as proctors. The evaluation itself must be separate and distinct from the training process.
Practical examinations are intended to measure the manipulative skills of the Emergency Rescue Technician and will follow guidelines set forth under the Policy for Testing manual. Although capable of testing 100% of the practical objectives, the examination will only test a pre-selected percentage based on testing scenarios provided to the proctor. A score of 70% or above shall constitute a passing grade for the candidate.
The written exam measures the cognitive skills of the Technical Rescuer and must follow the guidelines set forth under the Policy for Testing manual. The examination will be randomly generated and provided to the evaluator by the delivery agency. A score of 70% or above shall constitute a passing grade for the candidate.
No recertification required as of October 2002.
Certification Authority & Records
Certificates for Technical Rescuers will be issued by the Commission Office when the candidate has met the requirements for certification.