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Fire Protection Technology

Fire Protection Technology

Fire Protection Technology Faculty

The Fire Protection Technology faculty members at Catawba Valley Community College not only have relevant academic degrees but also impressive professional experience, which makes them able to relate to the challenges the student will face in the workplace. The faculty’s ongoing involvement in the field helps them to stay abreast of the fast and ever changing theories, strategies, and techniques of Fire Protection Technology.

 

Bobby Cash Jr.
Bobby Cash Jr. has been in the fire service over 16 years with 13 of those years on a career fire department. Cash started as a volunteer with the Cherryville Fire Department and worked part-time there until May 2012. Cash was hired by the Hickory Fire Department as a full-time firefighter in May 2000 and remained there until the end of 2002. He started his career with the Charlotte Fire Department in January 2003. Cash currently serves as a captain for Charlotte Fire Department assigned to the 8th Battalion and previously served as a captain assigned to the Training Division. 

Bobby Cash has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Gaston College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Cash is currently working on a Master of Science degree in Human Resources at Western Carolina University. Bobby Cash is North Carolina DOI/OSFM and IFSAC certified as a Firefighter II, Driver Operator Pumps and Aerial, Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire Officer II, Technical Rescuer, and Fire Instructor II. He holds numerous state certifications in the areas of fire, rescue, hazardous materials and live burn instructor. He teaches at community colleges and fire departments across North Carolina.

David Allen Cline
David Cline has been in the fire service for 42 years and has been a North Carolina Fire Service instructor since 1986. Cline is the Deputy Chief of Operations at Statesville Fire Department and past Chief of Cool Springs Volunteer Fire Department. 

David Cline has an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration from Mitchell Community College. Cline is North Carolina DOI/OSFM and IFSAC certified as a Firefighter III, Driver Operator Pumps and Aerial, Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire Officer III, and Fire Instructor II. He holds numerous state certifications in the areas of fire, rescue, live fire instructor, educational methodology, and fire service leadership. In 2009, he was named Instructor of the Year by the North Carolina Society Fire Rescue Instructors.  He states teaching building construction has always been a passion of since taking classes under Francis Brannigan, who was the leading expert in building construction in the fire service.

Rick Davis
Rick Davis has been in the fire service for 33 years and currently serves as the Fire Chief for Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue. He served as a member of the Hickory Fire Department for 27 years retiring as the Battalion Chief over the Training Division.

Davis has an Associate in Fire Protection Technology from Gaston College and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management from Western Carolina University. In 2006, he graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and received his designation in 2010 as an Emergency Management Master Exercise Practitioner (EMMEP) through the Emergency Management Institute. In 2011, Rick obtained his Certified Emergency Manager designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers and obtained his Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He is also working to complete additional emergency management courses and continues to teach curriculum courses in Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology at the community college level.  Davis is North Carolina DOI/OSFM and IFSAC certified as a Firefighter III, Driver Operator Pumps and Aerial, Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire Officer III, and Fire Instructor II. He is certified as a North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician, NC Live Burn Instructor, NC Chief 101 Instructor, NC Fire Officer I, II, and III Instructor, Incident Command System Instructor, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP),and serves as a member of the NC Emergency Management Western Branch All-Hazards Incident Management Team and holds National Incident Management System credentials as an All-Hazards Type III Safety Officer and All-Hazards Type III Public Information Officer. Rick is also a contract instructor for several private companies that provide Homeland Security & Terrorism Preparedness training nationally and internationally.

William “Terry” Foxx
Terry Foxx is currently a Planner with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and currently works out of the Western Branch Office in Conover. He is responsible for 34 western counties’ flood management programs. Foxx is a North Carolina Type I Certified Emergency Manager.  Terry’s emergency services career spans almost 40 years serving with Alexander Rescue Squad where he remains an active member serving as the department’s captain.

Foxx has an Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Preparedness Technology from Caldwell Community College and a Bachelors of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management from Western Carolina University. Foxx is a North Carolina DOI/OSFM and IFSAC certified Instructor II and is qualified to teach rescue, hazardous materials, and Emergency Medical Technician.  Foxx teaches at community colleges and fire departments across North Carolina.

Jennifer Henson
Jennifer Henson is currently the Director of the Fire Protection Technology and Firefighter Certification. Henson has been involved in the fire service as both a career and volunteer firefighter for over eight years. She served as a Firefighter/EMT for the City of Bryant, Training Officer/Fire Inspector for 70 West Fire Department in Hot Springs, Arkansas and as an Adjunct Fire Instructor for the Arkansas Fire Academy before moving to North Carolina. Henson is currently a volunteer firefighter with Long View Fire Department.

Henson received an Associate of Science degree in Liberal Studies and EMT-Basic certification from National Park Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Henderson State University, and Master of Science degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arkansas Tech University. Henson is an IFSAC certified Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire Inspector I, and Fire Instructor I. She holds numerous Arkansas, National Fire Academy, and FEMA certifications in the areas of fire, rescue, terrorism, and incident command.  

Mark Hinson
Mark Hinson has been in the fire service for 26 years and has been the Fire Chief for Conover Fire Department for the last ten years. Prior to the job at Conover he was a member of Troutman Fire Rescue.

Hinson has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College.  He holds numerous state and national certifications in the areas of fire, rescue, hazardous materials, and fire service leadership. Hinson is a North Carolina DOI/OSFM and IFSAC certified Firefighter III, Hazardous Materials Technician, Technical Rescuer, Fire and Life Safety Educator I, Fire Officer III, and Fire Instructor II. He has received the Chief Fire Officer certification from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He teaches continuing education courses at community colleges and fire departments in North Carolina.

Scott Mecimore
Scott Mecimore has been in the fire service for 23 years and is a Captain at Newton Fire Department. He has been a fire service instructor since 2007.

Mecimore has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Catawba Valley Community College.  He holds numerous state and national certifications in the areas of fire, rescue, and hazardous materials. Mecimore is a North Carolina DOI/OSFM and IFSAC certified Firefighter II, Driver Operator Pumps and Aerial, Hazardous Materials Technician, Technical Rescuer, Fire and Life Safety Educator III, Fire Officer III, and Fire Instructor II. He teaches continuing education courses at community colleges and fire departments in North Carolina.

David Smith
David Smith is currently a Chief Engineer with Crawford Sprinkler Company and has been designing fire sprinkler systems since 1986. He holds a North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Contractors License and is a NICET Level III Engineering Technician in water-based systems layout. Smith is member of the American Fire Sprinkler Association and member of the Board of Directors of A.F.S.A. Carolinas Chapter.  Smith retired in 2006 as Volunteer Assistant Chief for Hickory Fire Department with over 31 years in the fire service.

Smith has an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire Science Technology from Western Piedmont Community College. He holds a NCDOI/OSFM and IFSAC certified as a Firefighter III, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Fire Instructor II. He holds numerous state and national certifications in the areas of fire, rescue, hazardous materials, arson, educational methodology, and fire service leadership.

Gary Styers II  
Gary Styers has been involved in the fire service as both a career and volunteer firefighter for over 20 years. Currently, Styers serves as the Fire Marshal of the Mooresville Fire-Rescue and as Assistant Fire Chief of the South Iredell Volunteer Fire Department. Styers has also served with other volunteer fire departments in Forsyth County and with the City of Charlotte Fire Department.

Gary Styers received an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire Protection Technology from Guildford Technical College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety Administration from Charter Oak State College, and a Master in Public Administration from UNC-Pembroke. Styers is North Carolina DOI/OSFM and IFSAC certified as a Firefighter III, Driver Operator Pumps and Aerial, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Officer III, Fire and Life Safety Educator III, and Fire Instructor II. He holds numerous state and national certifications in the areas of fire, rescue, hazardous materials, emergency medical, fire inspections, arson, and live burn instructor. Styers is a Technical Committee Member for NFPA 1730 standard and was a former Accelerant Detection Canine Handler certified by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

William Warren
William Warren is currently the Battalion Chief assigned to Battalion 1 at Gastonia Fire Department and a part-time firefighter for Newton Fire Department. Warren has been in the fire service 23 years starting as a junior firefighter for Startown Volunteer Fire Department.

William Warren has an Associate degree in Fire Protection from Central Piedmont Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Safety Engineering from University of North Carolina Charlotte.  He is currently attending Gaston College to obtain an Associates degree in Emergency Management. Warren is North Carolina DOI/OSFM and IFSAC certified as a Firefighter II, Driver Operator Pumps and Aerial, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Officer III, and Fire Instructor II. He holds numerous state and national certifications in the areas of fire, rescue, and hazardous materials.

Julianne Weintraub
Julianne Weintraub was an Assistant County Prosecutor in Cuyahoga County, Ohio for almost nine years, during which time she served as the liaison between the County Prosecutor’s Office and the local fire departments, the fire investigation units, and the state fire marshal’s office.

Weintraub received her Bachelor of Arts in English, Political Science, and Philosophy from Case Western Reserve University and her Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. 

 

 
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Updated 12.20.2013: Fire Protection