Public Safety Careers

Program Description

Public Safety program is for students interested in law enforcement, fire fighting, corrections, EMS, or 9-1-1 dispatch. Students can be certified in CPR/First Aid, Medical First Responder, Emergency Services Dispatcher, Workplace Safety. Students explore careers in the public safety area through hands-on training, field trips, in-class exercises and job shadowing with local area agencies. This course strives to instill integrity and ethics and challenges students to achieve. It is intended to set a good foundation for those looking to follow a career in public safety and gives them insight into those chosen careers. This program is a good compliment to the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Program. Students qualify for up to 13 college credits at select schools.


Related Professions
Police officer
Fire fighter
Corrections officer
9-1-1 dispatcher
Security professional  

Possible Certifications
First Aid/CPR certification
Certified Emergency Dispatcher
Medical First Responder
Career Safe  


Ferris State
Lake Superior State University
Oakland Community College
St. Clair County Community College
Macomb Community College
Mott Community College
Baker College


2015-16 Accomplishments:

  • Work-based Learning Opportunities:
    • 5 students job shadowing with Shelby Township Fire Department
    • 16 students doing ride alongs with Lapeer County Sheriff Department
    • 9 students observing autopsies
    • 3 students working at LACADA
    • 12 students job shadow with Lapeer Central Dispatch
    • 12 students riding with Lapeer County EMS
    • 1 student hired as a paid on-call firefighter with Bruce Township Fire Department
  • Donations:
    • Pulse Oximeter from Medstar Ambulance
    • Lifepak 5 heart monitor from Universal Macomb Ambulance
    • Fire gear from Mio Fire Department
  • Certifications
    • 16 students certified in Basic Life Support
    • 14 students certified in CPR/First Aid.
    • Three students certified as Medical First Responders
    • Five students attending night time training at the Lapeer County Fire Academy


  • SkillsUSA State Competition 
    • 1st Place in Firefighting
      • Alex Belbeck, Imlay City
      • Competing at SkillsUSA National Conference in June, 2016
    • 1st Place in Criminal Justice
      • Chris Keller, Imlay City
      • Competing at SkillsUSA National Conference in June, 2016

Past Events and Accomplishments:





Teacher: Matthew Rule

(810)664-1124 ext. 4147
Paraprofessional: Blaine Howell

(810)664-1124 ext. 4133