Emergency & Protective Services


Program Overview

Western Area CTC emphasizes both theory and hands-on training for our Emergency & Protective Services students. This three-year program will prepare students for employment in the Emergency Protective industry upon graduation or can be an excellent stepping-stone for enrollment into post-secondary training. This program will provide basic firefighting and CPR/AED & First Responder skills; Hazmat awareness, and basic patrol duties.

Emergency & Protective Services Skills

Students will learn judgment and decision making, active listening skills, critical thinking, equipment selection, and complex problem solving. Although theory is necessary, most of this technology is hands-on learning.

Careers and Initiatives

  • Students will have the opportunity to co-op in their senior year, providing grades and attendance meet state standards.
  • Discover the many opportunities in the Emergency Protective Services field.
  • Some of the jobs in Washington and surrounding counties include Security Officers, Security Guards, Fireman, Corrections Officer, Hazmat Technician, EMT, EMT-A, and Police Officer.
  • In 2020, the average wage for an EMT/Parametric was $17.62 hourly, $36,650 annually; for a Firefighter $25.24 hourly, $52,500 annually; and for a Police Officer $32.35 hourly, $67,290 annually.

Post-Secondary Training Options

To provide students the opportunity to advance their careers, Western Area CTC articulates with several colleges and trade schools, including . . .

  • Belmont College
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Westmoreland County Community College


  • American Heart Association: Bloodborne Pathogens
  • American Heart Association: BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Emergency Management Institute: 100 Series; 200 Series; 700 Series; 800 Series
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health: BLS for Healthcare Providers; Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); First Responder
  • Pennsylvania State Fire Academy: Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness; Recognition and Identification of Hazardous Materials
  • Personal Protection Consultants, Inc.: OCAT Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training (Pepper Spray); PATH (Practical and Tactical Handcuffing); PPBT (Personal Protection Baton Tactics)