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Emergency Services Overview - EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement

The Emergency Services Division is home to training and education for Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Science (EMS), and Fire Service.  Programs generally offer two types of training.  Curriculum programs are college classes which lead to a degree.  Continuing Education programs are stand-alone courses which usually qualifies the student to take an exam for state certification or other credentials.  Continuing education classes do not result in college credit and usually cannot be transferred to a college degree program of study. 

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Law Enforcement Programs

Basic Law Enforcement Training

Certificate Program

Join the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program and get the essential skills required for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer with the state, county, or municipal governments, or with a private enterprise. 

For more information contact Marty McNeely, Director of Law Enforcement Training, at (828) 782-2841 or

Link to page: Basic Law Enforcement Training


Criminal Justice Technology

A.A.S. Degree Program

Are you looking for a career as a police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, or a loss prevention specialist? This curriculum is designed to provide practical knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations as well as increase employment opportunities in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields.

For more information, please contact Sarah Benson at (828) 782-2395 or

Link to page; Criminal Justice Technology



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Emergency Medical Service Programs

Emergency Medical Service CE Training

Continuing Education Program

Further your education in Emergency Medical Service, or re-certify for Buncombe, Madison, and Yancey Counties with A-B Tech's training classes.  As outlined in the Economic and Workforce Development / Continuing Education Mission Statement, "We are committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and the community by offering learning opportunities to promote personal, workforce, and economic development."

For more information contact Timothy Green at 828 782 2623 or

Link to page; Emergency Medical Service "Continuing Education" Training


Check the Facebook page "Buncombe County Fire & Rescue Training" for updated schedules.


Emergency Medical Science AAS Degree

A.A.S. Degree Program

Become a paramedic where you will do something different every day, for every call.  Become well-versed in rescue skills, knowledge of fire scene operations, hazardous materials response, vehicle extrication, and self-defense.  This curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as paramedics. Additionally, the program can provide an Associate Degree for individuals desiring an opportunity for career enhancement.  Further education can lead to careers with rescue teams and supporting law enforcement or in wildland fire suppression, critical care, incident command, and many other opportunities.

For more information contact Anthony Green at 828-782-2359 or

Link to page; Emergency Medical Science - AAS Degree Program



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Fire Service Programs

Firefighter Certification Classes

Want to increase your knowledge and skills in Fire Protection?  We offer NC Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification classes designed to train and prepare students to take the State certification exams.  Certification courses are offered on a variable schedule, click this link to see the current schedule; Fire Service Certification Classes Schedule.


Check the Facebook page "Buncombe County Fire & Rescue Training" for updated schedules.


For more information, please contact Tommy Brooks at (828) 782-2139 or

A.A.S. Degree and Certificate Programs

Ready to start or upgrade your career in Fire Protection Technology?  Fire protection encompasses not only the fire service, represented by our community’s fire department and its members, but the civilians who work for fire departments in various roles, those who work elsewhere in government in fire-related roles, and those in the private sector who are involved in fire prevention or related pursuits.  Learn about hydraulics, hazardous materials, arson investigation, fire protection safety, fire suppression management, law, and codes.

For more information, please contact Clint Gorman (Interim Chair) at (828) 782-2123 or

Link to page; Fire Services


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