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East River High School First Responders Academy Magnet



The East River High School First Responders Academy Magnet brings students together from all over Orange County into a focused hands-on curriculum. The program offers an immersive and innovative experiential learning opportunity all while preparing students for futures in the First Responder field. Partnered with Valencia College, students will have the ability to not only receive mentorship from industry professionals, but will also have the potential of earning up to 27 credits toward an Associate’s Degree from Valencia College (awarded upon graduation and enrollment at Valencia College).

Students in the First Responders Academy Magnet select one of two tracks:

  • The Law Enforcement Track is for students interested in pursuing a future in the Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice fields.
  • The Firefighting Track is for students interested in pursuing a future in the Firefighting or Fire Science fields.

First Responders Academy Magnet Progression (Law Enforcement Track)

Criminal Justice Operations I - Grade 9

This course is to introduce the student to the history, goals, and career opportunities in the Criminal Justice Profession. It, also, covers ethics and professionalism, constitutional and criminal laws, court and trial process, juvenile justice system, and the correctional system. Students will, also, be instructed on personal, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as demonstrate employability skills.

Criminal Justice Operations II - Grade 10

This course is to introduce the student to the characteristics and procedures of patrol, complete written reports, and crime prevention programs. Students will, also, describe guidelines for use-of-force, perform CPR and first aid techniques, and procedures to protect from blood-borne pathogens. Training for Traffic Control Officer and Parking Enforcement Specialist IAW Florida Statute 316.640 will be accomplished.

Criminal Justice III (Parts 1 & 2) – Grade 11 & 12 (Dual Enrollment)

This course is to introduce the student to crime scene safety, conducting criminal investigations, conducting forensic processing, and complete property control procedures. Students will conduct a traffic crash investigation completing the proper report forms. Computer skills as well as job related math skills will be performed. Enhancing the awareness of human diversity will be instructed.

 

First Responders Academy Magnet Progression (Firefighting Track)

Firefighting I - Grade 9

This course is to provide an introduction to a career of Fire Science that can lead to employment, after further instruction, to a career as a fire fighter or other disciplines in the Fire Science realm. Topics include history and culture of fire service, health, safety prevention, and situational awareness, communications for emergencies and non-emergencies, building materials and construction methods, fire behavior, operational safety, proper use and care of personal protective equipment (PPE), proper selection and utilization of fire extinguishers, securing and raising objects with rope and webbing, search and victim removal methods, firefighter survival skills, emergency scene lighting, perform forcible entry and breaching operations, and selection and deployment of appropriate ladders.

Firefighting II - Grade 10

This course is to provide an introduction to a career of Fire Science that can lead to employment, after further instruction, to a career as a firefighter or other disciplines in the fire science realm. Topics include tactical ventilation, water supply systems and sources, fire hose characteristics, inspection and maintenance procedures, and perform various hose rolls, loads, and finishes, and control of various types of fires (structural, Class C and Class D fires, vehicle and ground cover).

Firefighting III – Grade 11 (followed by DE for 12th grade)

This course is to provide an introduction to a career of Fire Science that can lead to employment, after further instruction, to a career as a fire fighter or other disciplines in the Fire Science realm. Topics include loss control practices and procedures following AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction), roles of firefighters in the development and implementation of a fire and life safety program, and performing and practicing JPR (Job Performance Requirements).

 

Dual Enrollment & Credit from Valencia College

Students have the ability to earn up to 27 credits toward an Associate’s Degree from Valencia College (awarded upon graduation and enrollment at Valencia College). By completing the course progressions above & Dual Enrollment courses, students can potentially earn credit for the following courses:

  • Law Enforcement Track: CCJ 1020 (Intro to Criminal Justice), CCJ 1010 (Criminology), CJE 2000 (Policing Systems and Procedures), CJL 2100 (Criminal Law), HSC 1400C (First Aid & CPR) + up to 12 VC DE Credits
  • Firefighting Track: FFP 1000 (Fire Science Fundamentals), HSC 1531 (Medical Terminology), HSC 1400C (First Aid & CPR), FFP 1040 (Industrial Firefighting) + up to 15 VC DE Credits (Students in the Firefighting track will be also working toward their State Certification in Firefighting.)

Please contact the instructors of each track or the program coordinator for more information:

Ignite your Passion at East River High School’s First Responders Academy Magnet!

Apply at schoolchoice.ocps.net today!

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