Meet Our Staff

Our instructional staff consists of qualified instructors, adjunct instructors, and student interns who are aspiring instructors. Together, we deliver the most intense and enjoyable training experience while ensuring the safety of our students is our number one priority. Our staff are professional rescuers who are mission tested experience


About The Owner

Trey Smith is the CEO of Rescue North Carolina LLC.  Trey has served as a Fire Captain with the Charlotte Fire Department (NC) since 1987  and has served as a member of the NC USAR Task Force NCTF-3 for over 15 years.  Capt. Smith is a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member where he graduated from the University of Maryland University College with honors with a B.S. in Fie Science and Public Fire Administration. In addition he also holds a A.A.S. Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Central Piedmont Community College.

"As the owner I take tremendous pride and ownership in the courses my company delivers. With every student who graduates reflects the quality of instruction.  My commitment to you is to provide the highest quality and most challenging training opportunity for you and your organization.

My instructional mission is to train our students within the environment they are expected to perform. This includes providing courses in the some of the most extreme environments and under adverse weather conditions.

As an instructor since 1993, I have been blessed to have some truly great friends and mentors who have provided me with some great training experiences."



Rescue 3 International
  • Swiftwater & Whitewater Rescue Technician Instructor
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced Instructor
  • Technical Rope Rescue Operations & Technician Instructor
  • Confined Space Rescue for the Professional Rescuer Instructor
  • Tower Rescue for the Professional Rescuer Instructor
  • Industrial Rope Rescue Instructor
  • Industrial Tower Rescue Instructor
  • Industrial Confined Space Rescue Instructor
North Carolina State Fire Instructor
  • NC Fire Service FF I & II Instructor
  • NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Instructor
  • NFA Decision Making for Initial Command Operations
NC Technical Rescue Instructor
  • NC Technical Rescue Instructor
  • NC TR Rope Rescue Technician Instructor
  • NC TR Confined Space Rescue Technician Instructor
  • NC TR Trench Rescue Technician Instructor
  • NC TR Water Rescue Technician Instructor
Formal Education
  • BS Fire Science; Univ.of Maryland Univ. College  (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Certificate; Fire Protection Management Systems Univ. of Maryland
  • Member; Phi Kappa Phi Univ. of Maryland Chapter 22
  • A.A.S. Fire Science; Central Piedmont Comm. College
  • Charlotte Fire Dept. Officers Candidate School I & II
  • Charlotte Fire Dept. Chief Officer Development

National Fire Academy Alumni

  • Command & Control of Target Hazard
  • Command & Control of Natural & Man-Made Disasters
  • Command & Control of Multi-Alarm Fires
  • Command & Control of Fire Dept. Operations
  • Leadership & Administration
  • Fire Service Communications
  • Interpersonal Dynamics