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The NC Association of Fire Chiefs & Cape Fear Community College Proudly Present the 62nd


MARCH 20-24, 2023
Carolina Beach, NC


Limited to 160 Students

Co-Sponsored by:
North Carolina Fire Marshal's Association
Carolina Beach Fire Department
Johnson Controls
Eagle Fire Protection
Lance Inc.
Knox Company
Coca Cola
NC Department of Insurance – Office of State Fire Marshal




The Sixty-Second North Carolina Fire Prevention School will be held March 20 - March 24, 2023 at the Courtyard Marriott, Carolina Beach. The Fire Prevention School is presented by the NC Association of Fire Chiefs and Cape Fear Community College. The on-site school registration will begin on Monday, March 20, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. and the school will conclude at noon Friday, March 24, 2023.   

Monday’s Schedule: at the Courtyard Carolina Beach, at 100 Charlotte Avenue, Carolina Beach, North Carolina 28428.

*Fire Prevention School registration begins at 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,

*Fire Prevention School opening session begins at 12:30 p.m. and continues to 4:30pm.

The topic of the afternoon will be Inspection of State Regulated Facilities presented by several state agencies. The afternoon sessions are part of the Fire Prevention School and attendance is required.)

All other classes will begin at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday – Friday. Attendance in all classes and class functions is required for course credit. 


The Fire Prevention School’s philosophy has always been to offer competency-based instruction, whereby, the student is exposed to a broad base of material going beyond the requirements of the fire code. With this in mind, students should not be subjected to a duplication of the certification classes but will receive more in-depth study on related topics.

Three courses make up the North Carolina Fire Prevention School including Basic (General), Intermediate (General/Technical), and Advanced (Advanced/Technical) classes are required for graduation from the Fire Prevention School. Students should plan to take the three courses in succession regardless of their position in their jurisdiction.

The 2023 NC Fire Prevention School is limited to 160 students with no exceptions. Early registration is a must to ensure you receive a position in the school


Basic (General) - this course will offer general information on the General Fire Precautions, Building Code for the Fire Code Official, Electrical Hazards, Means of Egress, Motor-Fuel Dispensing Facilities, and others. It is designed for the novice inspector or for the experienced inspector who seeks an update on Fire Code requirements. Students should bring a copy of the 2018 Building Code and Fire Code with NC Amendments.

Intermediate (General/Technical) – this course offers the student a mixture of general and technical information. It will provide information from the code and will address material used daily by the Fire Inspector. Topics include Breweries & Distilleries, Interior Finishes & Decorations, Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Service Features (Chapter 5), Alternative Fire Suppression Systems, and others.

Advanced (Advanced Technical) - this course offers the student a look at more advanced technical information. Topics include Flammable Finishes, Fire Sprinkler Plans Review, Rough-In & Final Inspections of Sprinkler Systems, Life-Safety Evaluations – What are they & why are they so important, High Piled Combustible Storage, School Inspections, and others.

Graduates (Advanced Technical/Managerial) - this course offers the student a look at more advanced technical/managerial information. Topics include Interaction between code officials, Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems, Building Code Council/Ordinance Adoption, General Assembly Organization – Legislative Updates, and others.




The current IFC Fire Prevention Code with NC amendments will be the primary text; the NC Building Code with NC amendments will be used, and the NC Administrative Code will be referenced. The code books will not be available on the premises. Please contact the NC Department of Insurance, Engineering Division, at telephone (919)-647-0001 for information on ordering a code book. Class participants will need to bring their code books.

All class presentations will be accessible through QR Codes that will be provided for each class

On Thursday night, there will be a cookout for all students followed by a one-hour class on topics of current interest. This class will allow students to further discuss code enforcement topics and issues not covered in the daytime classes. The cost of the cookout is included in the registration. If you plan to bring a guest to the cookout, an additional fee of $15.00 will requested and tickets will be available at the Opening Session.




Lodging has been arranged at a special rate for this school at the Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach (six miles from Training Center). The rates are $109.00 per night plus tax. Please call the hotel directly to make reservations by calling 1-800-321-2211 or 1-910-458-2030. Students are responsible for their own reservations and should note they are attending the Fire Prevention School.




Contact Fire Prevention School Coordinator Charlie Johnson at (919) 647-0094 or by email at or Wesley Hutchins at (336) 817-1437 or by email at

We look forward to having you with us this year! 

Thursday Evening Cook-out & Class

The Cook-out and class will be held on Thursday evening at Carolina Beach FD. The class following the cook-out is part of the credited hours for continuing education credit.


NC Department of Insurance/Q-Board


Under the NC Code Officials Qualification Board (Q-Board), Cape Fear Community College is an approved sponsor for Continuing Education credit and will offer a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education credit for Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses of the Fire Prevention School.




The school fee is $150.00 per student. Registration fee includes supplies, breaks on Monday afternoon, lunches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and the Cookout on Thursday evening. The Community College Occupational Extension fee of $125.00 is applicable for non-fire service students ($275.00 total registration for non-fire service occupations).


Checks should be made payable to:

Cape Fear Community College


Please mail check and registration form to:

2022 NC Fire Prevention School

Cape Fear Community College / STC

4500 Blue Clay Rd

Castle Hayne, NC 28429


Please return this form with payment by February 17, 2023. All fees are required to be paid prior to the start of the Fire Prevention School. After that date, please call 910-362-7799 or 910-362-7711 for class availability. No refunds after February 17, 2023.

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