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Program Description

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in becoming career or volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, fire inspectors, police officers, border patrol officers, or other public safety careers. Students can combine this training and work as a volunteer Fire Fighter or other community organizations to gain the skills necessary to begin working as a first responder.

Level I

Students will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of both Criminal Justice and Fire Fighting. They will spend time learning the requirements of being a first responder and emergency management. Students will have the opportunity to pursue a more in depth understanding of either Criminal Justice or Fire Fighting as they move through the course.

Prerequisite: Students will need to have completed the equivalent credits to place them at the 11th grade level upon the time they enter the program. This means students need to have successfully completed a minimum two years of high school English; two years of high school math including Algebra, two years of Social Studies, one year of science, physical education and health requirements. Or the permission from the WRCC director to apply.

Students must have completed at least one core general education high school Science course related to the pathway with a grade of 70 or better before they are eligible to apply for a program/pathway.

Level II

Students will spend a greater portion of their second year focused on either Criminal Justice or Fire Fighting. During the second semester of Protective Services II students will have the choice of participating in the training required to sit for the Emergency Medical Responder Exam or focus on other first responder training.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Protective Services 1 with a grade of 75% or higher. Instructor recommendation.

Students in Protective Services II are encouraged to enroll in either Professional English II (CE000218) or Essential Math for College and Careers (CM00007826). These courses are year-long and run for a single period daily. Please refer to the English and Mathematics sections below for course descriptions.

Clubs and Activities

SkillsUSA - Preparing for leadership in the world of work.

SkillsUSA is a United States career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school, college and middle school students and professional members enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation's classrooms.

Industry Recognized Credentials

First Aid/CPR
Stop the Bleed
ICS 100/200/700
Wildland FF
Exterior FF

Your Instructor

Alex Richardson

I served on the Chelsea Fire Department/First Branch Ambulance from 2012-2017. I was also a member of the Meredith Fire Department from 2014-2016. I am presently on the Brattleboro Fire Department which I joined in 2017.

I decided to become an instructor at WRCC to train the youth of the fire and EMS service to help them become great providers to their community and the future of the profession.