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The NC Association of Fire Chiefs & Cape Fear Community College Proudly Present the 63rd


MARCH 18-22, 2024
Carolina Beach, NC


Limited to 160 Students

Co-Sponsored by:
North Carolina Fire Marshal's Association
NC Department of Insurance – Office of State Fire Marshal
Carolina Beach Fire Department
CIVIC Federal Credit Union
The Compliance Engine
LIV - Life Safety Inspections Vault
Johnson Controls
Eagle Fire Protection
Coca-Cola Consolidated
Lance Inc.



The Sixty-Third North Carolina Fire Prevention School will be held March 18 - March 22, 2024 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 check-in will begin on Monday, March 18, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. and the school will conclude at noon Friday, March 22, 2024.  

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

  • Fire Prevention School check-in begins at 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Fire Prevention School opening session begins at 12:30 p.m. and continues to 5:00pm. 

  • The topic of the afternoon will be Energy Storage Systems presented by NEMA. (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. 

Four courses make up the North Carolina Fire Prevention School including Basic (General), Intermediate (General/Technical), Advanced (Advanced/Technical). These 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. A Graduate class is offered for those that complete the three main courses.

The 2024 NC Fire Prevention School is limited to 160 students with no exceptions. Early registration is a must to secure your seat in the school and the option to select your t-shirt size.


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, Smoke Control Systems, 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 available class presentations will be made accessible for download following the school.


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 $20.00 will requested and tickets will be available at the Opening Session.



Students are responsible for their own reservations and should note during registration that they are attending the Fire Prevention School. The Courtyard Marriot will be the hosting hotel.


Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach

100 Charlotte Ave.

Carolina Beach, NC 28428

1-800-321-2211 or 910-458-2030

Special Rate: $119.00/night + tax

Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach

1 Harper Ave.

Carolina Beach, NC 28428


Special Rate: $134.00/night + tax when using the Group Code: NCF




Contact Fire Prevention School Coordinator Braxton Tanner at (919) 856-5519 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.



Register online for all classes!


Online registration allows you to know what classes are available before registering. Only one registration per email address.

The Community College Occupational Extension fee of $125.00 is applicable for non-fire service students. This $125.00 fee must be paid directly to Cape Fear Community College during the online registration process. (The total cost of the school will be $275.00 for non-fire service occupations).

Once registered, an email confirming the registration will be sent containing a link to the NC Association of Fire Chiefs payment portal to make the online payment of $150.00 for Fire Prevention School. 

Please contact Chris Nelson (Cape Fear Community College) 910-362-7711 to pay via check and Braxton Tanner (Fire Prevention School Coordinator) 919-856-5519 or with all other questions.


Registration closes on February 16, 2024

Students will also receive a NC Fire Prevention School t-shirt as part of their registration.

Register by February 1, 2024 to reserve a shirt in your size.

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