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Protective Services

Instructor: Mr. Ron Barry

The Protective Services program provides students with a comprehensive public safety education. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in firefighting and emergency medical response, fire protection, emergency health services, and emergency management. More specifically, students will study: fire science including prevention, firefighting and rescue techniques, and hazardous materials; emergency medical services including EMT first responder techniques and dispatch; and emergency management. Students will apply and refine their communication and computer skills through report writing, research, and information retrieval. The curriculum will include discussions and case studies on professionalism, ethics, cultural diversity, and conflict resolution.

Protective Services students will learn:

  • Cultural and professional awareness
  • Criminology
  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal investigation
  • Personal/Public safety
  • First aid
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Emergency response
  • Fire science
  • Firefighting
  • Safety and emergency management
  • Communications

Industry Certifications a Student may earn:

  • Practical and Tactical Handcuffing (PATH)
  • Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training (OCAT)
  • Baton Tactics
  • Emergency Vehicle Driver Training (EVDT)
  • Dynamics of Emergency Vehicle Response
  • Highway Safety for Emergency Responders
  • American Heart Association CPR Instructor
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians/PA State EMT
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • OSHA 10-Hour Safety Certification

Employment Opportunities upon Completion of the Program:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Dispatcher
  • Safety Inspector
  • Security Officer

Employment Opportunities with further Education and Training:

  • Criminal Investigator
  • Firefighter
  • U.S. Marshall
  • Police Detective
  • Sheriff/Police Officer

Post-Secondary Options:

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