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Law & Public Safety II

Two students practice using a gurney


Public safety course covers the basics of first-responders’ duties

CLINTON — Nadia Albatnigi heard that the Law & Public Safety program at the Clinton High School Career Complex was a fun class, so she signed up.

“It’s very hands-on,” she said, “We have learned about the Fire Academy, we’ve learned CPR and a lot more. I would recommend it to anyone.”

The second year of Law & Public Safety began with students studying the Community Emergency Response Team training and certification program.

“This program lays out a foundation of skills in leadership, emergency management, emergency medicine, fire services and provides students with the skills and knowledge to be safe before and after a disaster, and to help families and communities after a disaster,” said course instructor Col. Tim Prater.

Second-year students also studied emergency management and how the industry standard Incident Command System applies across all fields of law and public safety. 

“Students recently began the unit on the fire services and will be exposed to the skills and knowledge of a firefighter,” Prater said.

A key part of the Law & Public Safety curriculum is exposing students to the professionals and facilities in the field. They have taken three field trips, one to Camp Shelby to experience a military post, one to the State Crime Lab to learn more about forensic science and crime scene investigations, and one to the State Fire Academy.

“In January we are planning a trip to the AMR ambulance service dispatch center as we focus on emergency medicine,” Prater said.

In the spring, students will study skills and knowledge associated with a certified Emergency Medical Responder.

“We will continue our study of the fire services, and we will also be looking at the public and private security career field,” Prater said.