• About the Program:

    A student in the Protective Services program will acquire skills from the public safety areas of firefighting, law enforcement, and emergency services. Students can expect to receive instruction; participate in practical applications and situational learning experiences; and prepare to test for national, state, and local certifications in all three areas of public safety. Through exploration and physical practice of skills presented within the curriculum, students will be able to refine personal career opportunities and choose an area of specialization in public safety.


    • Fire ground operation and suppression techniques
    • Use of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
    • Patient assessment, airway management, and basic life support measures
    • Rope rescue anchor systems, repelling, mechanical advantage systems, and packaging patients in a vertical environment
    • Use of various rescue tools, including the "Jaws of Life" vehicle stabilization, patient packaging, and extrication from motor vehicle accidents
    • Use of air metering/monitoring devices, ventilation practices, and confined space extrication techniques


    Recommended High School Courses:

    • English/Communications
    • Mathematics - Basic Math, Algebra I and II, Geometry
    • Computer Basics
    • Applied Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology



    PA State Fire Academy
    • Introduction to the Fire Service (ELIS)
    • Fire Ground Support (ELFG)
    • Exterior Firefighter (ELEF)
    • Basic Rigging for Rope Rescue (ROBR)
    • Rope/High Angle Rescue - I (RORE)
    • Rope/High Angle Rescue - II (RORA)
    • Hazardous Materials - Awareness (HMA)
    • Resource Accountability Responder (RAR)
    • Confined Space Rescue (CSR)

    PA Department of Health

    • Vehicle Rescue Awareness (NVRA)
    • Vehicle Rescue Operations (NVRO)
    • National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT)

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    • Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS-100)
    • National Incident Management Systems (NIMS IS-700A)
    • ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (IS-200.B)
    • IS-800.B: National Response Framwork, An Introduction (IS-800.B)

    American Heart Association

    • BLS for Health Care Providers (CPR/AED)

    National Fire Protection Association

    • Alternative Fuel Vehicles Training Program for Emergency Responders
    • Electric Vehicle Safety for Emergency Responders



    • PA State Fire Academy
    • PA Department of Health 
    • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
    • National Fire Protection Association
    • Amercian Heart Association
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency


    Articulation Agreements:

    Butler County Community College
    Upon successful completion of the NOCTI skill and written exams, students may receive six technology credits from Butler County Community College’s Industrial Management Technology program.