Homeland Security

Protective Services - Homeland Security

Location: East Campus (Oley)                    Instructor: Ernest Powell                    CIP Code: 43.9999

The Protective Services – Homeland Security 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. The program combines lecture, practical application, and clinical experiences. Fire certification courses will be taught in partnership with Bucks County Community College. BCTC will provide both EMR and EMT certification coursework in conjunction with the Eastern PA EMS Council. These certification courses will be tuition free. Supervised field trips and clinical experiences will include fire and emergency services departments. This program provides an excellent foundation from which to pursue college and ultimately a career in public safety.

Industry Certifications:

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
PA Essentials of Firefighting
First Responder
Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness
BLS Healthcare Provider
Recognition & Identification of Hazardous Materials
NIMS IS 100, 200, 700, 800 Series
Emergency Response to Terrorism Basic Concepts
Incident Command System
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· One Navy Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with BCTC Logo
· One Pair Navy Cargo Pants – Proper fitting and no holes 

REQUIRED for Fire:
· One Red Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with BCTC Logo
· One Pair Black Cargo Pants – Proper fitting and no holes

One Black Belt


PT Uniform:
· One black sweatshirt
· One black tee shirt
· One pair of black sweat pants – proper fitting and no holes
· One pair of black gym shorts – proper fitting and no holes

· Black boots
· Black or blue socks 

PT Uniform:
· White socks and sneakers




The link provided for each book title will take you to Amazon.com. Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon. You may purchase the books from any vendor.

Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century (15th Edition) – by Frank Schmalleger

ISBN #: 978-0-13474-975-4

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Black boots. Black or blue socks. PT uniform: white socks and sneakers. 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
2″ White Binder 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $3.00 Walmart
Standard Pack of Tab Dividers 1 Level 1 $2.00 Any office supply store
Standard Sheet Protectors 20 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $0.10 per sheet Staples
Protective Services Homeland Security

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading proficiency is critical
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Must demonstrate a high level of emotional maturity
  • Disciplinary record must be outstanding
  • Must demonstrate a pattern of respect and self control at all times
  • Integrity & honesty
  • Problem-solving / critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Physical & mental fitness – self discipline
  • Hand-eye coordination

Career Pathways:

  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter & Prevention Worker
  • Police & Sheriff Patrol Officer
  • Dispatcher

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