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Firefighter Training Earns Industry-Leading Pro Board Certification


The “Firefighter I” and “Firefighter II” training programs at the Regional Emergency Training Center (RETC) of Camden County have completed an intensive, two-year evaluation that has led to successful accreditation by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications – referred to within the first-responder industry as the “Pro Board.”


Earning this prestigious, industry-leading accreditation means that firefighter training at the RETC – which is under the administration of Camden County College – meets the National Fire Protection Association’s professional qualification standards. It also means that the RETC is recognized as having met the rigors of review by an independent organization.


“The training provided to our first-responders at the Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center is second to none,” said Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to Camden County College.  “The Pro Board accreditation is an acknowledgment of the outstanding work of the College and RETC instructors.”


This certification not only benefits the RETC. It also benefits the firefighters who complete the accredited training offered there because each individual who successfully completes the program knows that he or she has been measured against peers and met nationally set standards. It also ensures nationwide uniformity and portability of their qualifications.


“Through this accreditation, our firefighters are able to transfer to another state,” noted Paul Sandrock, deputy chief fire marshal for Camden County. “As a result, a higher level of expectations, professionalism and safety standards are met.”


In addition, this accreditation benefits the professional and volunteer fire companies in which the individual firefighters serve. The greater the number of firefighters who have completed Pro Board-accredited programs that a company has, the greater that company’s credibility.


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 about firefighter training at the RETC, call (856) 374-4911 or visit

Published: February 22, 2012