Our Approach

Our instructional philosophy is to deliver the highest quality and safest training experience for our students within the harshest environment they are expected to perform. 

We pride ourselves on our expert instructors. Our instructors meet and exceed industry standard requirements. Unlike our competitors, Rescue North Carolina LLC. instructors are not only certified in each training discipline but are qualified by internationally accredited (IFSAC & Pro Board) organizations to deliver courses to organizations they are delivering training. Our partnerships with instructors of other private fire & rescue companies also ensures quality and qualified instructional delivery with the latest in technology.

Why Certified vs. Qualified?
Ask for your instructors credentials!

When selecting an instructor, an agency should request documentation from the delivering company of the credentials of it’s instructors. In today’s world of online training, our competitors delivering fire and rescue training often have no measures in place to insure the instructors are qualified to be delivering specialized training. In addition, some competitors only require their instructors to be certified as technicians but not be qualified as instructors. Why qualified? As a qualified instructor, we not only receive certification but must be evaluated on the subject mater and the ability to teach the material by fellow instructors. Simply being certified isn’t enough to ensure your instructor has been thoroughly evaluated and tested on their skills and ability to teach the subject matter.

Our Story

Every company has a beginning…for me it was the loss of my mother due to cancer in July 1994. You see, I spent my entire adolescence swimming on summer league and high school competitive swim teams. Admittedly, I was among a few of the best swimmers on our high school team I really just enjoyed being around the water. Unfortunately, my brother had the talent and the brains and began his 4 year swimming scholarship at East Carolina University. Me. I was a hired with the Charlotte Fire Dept. (NC) at the age of 21 and rose through the ranks quickly to the rank of Captain.
While serving for my volunteer fire department following the wake of Hurricane Danny in Mint Hill, NC myself and another firefighter came up on several kids playing in a rain swollen creek approaching flood stage. Having completed my Swiftwater rescue Technician training months before, I was informed by one of the kids two of the friends were swept away and hanging onto trees downstream of my position. Myself and the other firefighter had no water rescue equipment in our town and the fire departments had no training. Luckily, myself and my buddy Andrew were able to rescue both children using reaching and throwing techniques to extricate them. I had a sense of pride and never realized I would have to put my SRT skills to use…
It was later that night when my mother succumbed to her illness and it left me devastated…it was at that point I decided to pursue my aspirations to train my agency and others in technical rescue since the existing rescue service was unreliable. Since then, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to train over 5000 responders from across the nation in all aspects of technical rescue.

Meet Our Instructional Staff

We pride ourselves on our instructors. Our instructors meet and exceed national industry standards requirements. Unlike our competitors, Rescue North Carolina LLC. instructors are not only certified in each discipline but are qualified by internationally accredited (IFSAC & Pro Board) organizations to deliver courses to organizations they are delivering training. Our partnerships with instructors of other private fire & rescue companies also ensures quality and qualified instructional delivery offering the latest in technology.

 

Trey Smith-Owner

 

Background

Trey Smith; Owner of Rescue North Carolina LLC. He is a 30-year veteran of the Charlotte Fire Department (NC). He has served at the rank of Captain for 20 years. Because of his vast technical rescue experience, Trey also serves as a Safety Officer for North Carolina State Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 3. (NCTF-3)
Captain Smith started out his career out as a fire explorer with the CFD in 1982 and also as a volunteer firefighter for 15 years until he began his career as a fire and technical rescue instructor. Trey proudly volunteered for over 20 years with the Boy Scouts of America as the Charlotte Fire Dept. Fire Explorer Post Adviser and as an Asst. Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America.

Captain Smith also holds over 30+ IFSAC & Pro-Board accredited certifications in fire, specialized rescue, hazardous materials, and company & chief officer development programs including  United States Fire Administration  / National Fire Academy coursework.

In addition to his certifications, Capt. Smith has attained over 25+ fire and technical rescue IFSAC instructor qualifications in fire and specialized  technical rescue from the State of North Carolina and Rescue 3 International.
As the owner of Rescue North Carolina LLC., he specializes in delivering Swiftwater and various other technical rescue programs through the N.C. Office of the State Fire Marshall, Rescue 3 International, as well as, his customized courses through Rescue North Carolina.

 Higher Education:

Capt. Smith has excelled in his higher education studies and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science from the Univeristy of Maryland; University College under the United States Fire Administration’s Higher Education program. He also received a certficate in Public Fire Protection Management and Administration  from the University of Maryland University College, as well. He also holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire Protection Technology from Central Piedmont Community College.

Capt. Smith graduated with honors by making the University of Maryland University College’s Dean’s list four consecutive years and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA. Trey also received a certificate in Public Fire Administration from the University of Maryland, as well. He served as a  member of the Phi Kappa Phi; National Honor Society as he is currently working towards his masters degree, as well. Captain Smith has is a National Fire Academy Alumni by completing the entire Command and Control Series and several management and interpersonal leadership courses, in addition to, certifications for NFPA Fire Officer Levels I, II, & III.
Through his years with the Charlotte Fire Department, he has graduated from the CFD Officers Candidate School I & II and completed the Company and Chief Officer Development course and serves in the Acting Battalion Chief capacity on numerous occasions.

 

Brent Jones- Adjunct Instructor

Background

Brent Jones (A.K.A Ragin’ Cajun’) is 17 years into the job with the Charlotte Fire Department. He currently holds the rank of Engineer on Engine 11. Brent also works for the Harrisburg (NC) and Fort Mill (SC) Fire Departments, as well. Brent serves as a Rescue 3 Instructor for our swiftwater rescue courses. He has over 15+ technical rescue and firefighter certifications from both North & South Carolina. Including NFPA Level II Fire Officer.
Brent also works as a Fire & Rescue Instructor for the  North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshall, as well as, the South Carolina Fire Academy.

Higher Education 

Brent has excelled in his studies by obtaining 3 fire service degrees that include:

  • A.A.S Fire Protection Technology
    Central Piedmont Community College
  • B.S. Fire Science
    Columbia Southern University
  • M.S. Emergency Management
    Columbia Southern University