• Protective ServicesProtective Services

    The Protective Services Occupations program provides students with the training required to perform entry-level duties as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, and other safety services. The program stresses the techniques, methods, and procedures unique to the areas of criminal justice, emergency medical services, and fire protection. Instruction covers communication skills, social and psychological skills, equipment operations, the judicial system, pre-hospital emergency care, appropriate emergency assessment, treatment, and communication. Special emphasis is placed on safety, physical development, and self-confidence skills, due to the nature of the specific occupation(s). The majority of activities and exercises are hands-on and protective clothing is provided when necessary. Although many of the activities are hands-on, students will also be required to complete the related theory and reading that is critical for the successful completion of this course.
    The program has a specialized lab area for practical learning experiences, including a smokehouse used for searches and venting, laddering windows and roofs, hose line advancement, safe fire ground scenarios, and forcible entry. The other sections of the facility are used for handcuffing procedures, crime scene investigation, evidence collection, photographic evidence, documentation skills and report writing, safety checks of the facility, and PowerPoint presentations. During EMS, the students have the equipment to properly obtain a patient’s vitals and scenarios on how to provide care for a patient. The students also complete a physical fitness test that is constructed by the students. The test is built from several area standards from the State Police, County Police, Military, and Firefighting PT standards.

    Topics of Study:

    Fire Safety
    Building Construction
    Hose Lays

    Water Sources

    PPE and SCBA

    Law Enforcement
    Constitution of the United States
    History of Law Enforcement


    Crime Scene Photography
    Crime Scene Documentation

    Crime Scene Evidence Collection

    EMS Patient Vitals
    Medical Patients
    Trauma Patients

    EMS Patient Care
    Equipment Use
    Equipment Identification

    Post-Secondary Opportunities:
    Luzerne County Community College
    Fire Science; EMS; Criminal Justice
    Lackawanna County College
    Criminal Justice; ACT 120 program; EMS
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
    EMS; Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice; EMS