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Regional Emergency Training Center Now Under CCC Administration


Camden County College’s Division of Continuing Education has assumed administration of the Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center (RETC). This environmentally safe site serves firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other public safety personnel, providing the classroom and hands-on instruction necessary for them to perform in their field.


With the RETC, the Technical Institute of Camden County and the Camden County Police Academy now being overseen by the College, all county-funded postsecondary education is under the same institutional supervision. This consolidation provides cost-effectiveness for taxpayers and one-stop shopping for students who are beyond high school.


“Making the RETC part of Camden County College system is a perfect fit,” said Freeholder Ian K. Leonard, education liaison. “Police, fire and emergency training is part of an educational process and is handled this way in other counties and states. It’s a plus for public safety personnel and a plus for the College.”


The College’s Fire Science Technology Department has offered courses at the RETC since it was built several years ago. These lead to career certificates in fire suppression or fire administration and associate in applied science degrees in fire science technology or fire science technology administration. They also provide the opportunity – through agreements maintained with the University of Maryland’s University College, Holy Family University, New Jersey City University and Thomas Edison State College – to transfer for baccalaureate studies in fire science.


In addition to continuing to offer these academic-credit-bearing programs at the RETC, the College will continue to offer the Center’s mandatory and supplementary training for firefighters, EMTs and other personnel. Classes cover topics as they relate to firefighting, including prevention, protection, building construction, confined spaces, chemistry, rail operations, extinguishers, tactics, inspection, investigation, instruction, flammable liquids, hazardous materials, hydraulic technology, burn building operations, lockout-tagout, self-contained breathing apparatuses and sprinkler system operations as well as EMT studies.


The RETC’s amenities include a burn building, a smoke house, a self-contained breathing apparatus maze, confined-space simulators and various props. On-site classrooms, meeting spaces and a 160-seat auditorium, which may be rented by private- and public-sector organizations for their own conference and training needs, supplement these state-of-the-art facilities with computing, remote learning, wi-fi and catering capabilities.


The RETC is located on the Health and Executive Campus at Lakeland, which is at 420 Woodbury-Turnersville Road in Gloucester Township – just a few minutes from the College’s main campus in Blackwood. For additional information, call (856) 374-4911.

Published: October 13, 2011