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High School

Public Safety

Program Highlights

First Aid and CPR | Patient Care | Ambulance Transport | Pre-hospital Care | Injury Assessment | Fire Science & Protection | Live fire exercises | Rescue simulations | Critical Incident Management | Intelligence Gathering | Crime Prevention | Self-defense | Surveillance | Public Safety Telecommunications | Crowd and Traffic Control | Fitness, Flexibility and Strength Training

Program Description

A wide variety of practical learning experiences and related classroom activities help prepare students for careers in public safety and protective services.  In addition to careers in the security field, the Public Safety Program prepares students to take the Ohio Firefighter I Certification test and the National Registry Exam for EMT certification.  Students have the opportunity to earn several additional professional certifications during this two-year course of study.

Teacher Information

Gerald Peters
High School

Public Safety Instructor
Phone: (440) 774-1051 ext. 22310

Program of Study

Junior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits

  • Foundations of Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services (170342)
  • Homeland Security Protecting Americas Critical Infrastructure (170916)
  • Police Work and Practice in Public Safety (170913)

English: 1 Credit
Math: 1 Credit
Science: 1 Credit
Elective: 1 Credit

Senior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits

  • Firefighter I (170343)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (170345)

English: 1 Credit
Civics/Government: 1 Credit
Science: 1 Credit
Math: 1 Credit
Elective: 1 Credit

Electives are subject to availability and will be scheduled through your counselor.


Public Safety students posing for a photo
Public Safety Students having a discussion during class
Public Safety Students practicing fire protection
Public Safety Student unwinding a fire hose

Career Pathways

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Firefighter
  • Private Security Officer
  • Dispatcher/Telecommunicator

With Additional Training:

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Fire Inspector
  • Paramedic
  • Homeland Security Officer

Competency Profile

Click here to view the Competency Profile

Industry Certifications

CPR Certified
Basic First Aid
CPR Certified

  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Ohio Firefighter | Certification
  • FEMA Homeland Security Certifications (Multiple Certifications Available)
  • EMT-B
    (National Registry & State of Ohio Emergency Medical Technicians-Basic)
  • APCO: Dispatchers Certification
    (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials)
  • IFPO: Certified Protection Officer Certification
    (International Federation of Protection Officers)

College Credits

Agreements with many colleges/universities help students, who meet established criteria, earn college credit for courses taken at the Lorain County JVS.  These credits can be transferred to the respective institution.  

Upon meeting specific criteria, students have the opportunity to earn various types of college credit for career technical courses taken at Lorain County JVS. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Ohio’s College Credit Plus program. College credit opportunities vary by program and are subject to change.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to become involved with the career-technical student organizations related to their programs, such as Skills USA. These organizations help develop leadership skills, cooperation, social interactions, and good citizenship. All members have opportunities to participate in regional, state, and national competitions to showcase their skills and earn college scholarships. Students who excel academically and have a commitment to community service may become a member of the National-Technical Honor Society.

SkillsUSA and NTHS

Employment Resources

Strong partnerships between the JVS and business and industry help students gain work experience through work-based learning experiences, the JVS Summer Internship Program, and senior early job placement. The JVS is committed to helping successful graduates find employment in their career field. A detailed explanation of the student eligibility requirements for these experiences is included in the student handbook.

The JVS maintains an online job board to help connect students and alumni to local employment opportunities. The JVS website also hosts links to online resources for labor market data, as well as statewide and national career information.