Public Service Program

Gary Griffith

Gary Griffith


  • Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission –Law Enforcement Officer

  • Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission- Volunteer Fire Fighter

  • Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission- First Responder

Work Experience

  • 18 Years of Full time Law Enforcement

  • 12 Years of Part time Law Enforcement


To equip students with the employability and technical skills required for employment and/or advanced training in the growing field of Public Service.

Program Overview

The Firefighting program is for students who are interested in pursuing careers in emergency and fire management services. Courses provide students with information regarding career possibilities in firefighting, including instruction in application of firefighting techniques, emergency medical profession, and specialized public service jobs. Topics include forcible entry; tactical ventilation; fire control; loss control; fire origin and cause determination; firefighter survival; hazards, behavior, and identification of hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction; and hazardous material operations, product control and personal protective equipment.

The Law Enforcement program is for students who are interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement and forensic science. The student will learn the role and responsibilities of a law enforcement officer; discuss relevant rules, regulations, and laws; and demonstrate defensive tactics, police patrol techniques, and CPR and First Aid procedures as used in emergency situations. Meeting and maintaining physical fitness standards for law enforcement is also emphasized in this course. The courses also focus on career opportunities, safety, history of forensic science, criminal investigation, forensic serology and DNA testing, forensic studies in anthropology, toxicology, fingerprinting, firearms, physics, and document examination. Are you interested in working in the Public Service industry? This may be the program for you!

Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Public Safety

  • Firefighting I

  • Advanced Law Enforcement

  • CTE Lab in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Credentials Offered

  • First Aid and AED

  • CPR

Articulated College Credits

Students will have the opportunity to further their education by attending the Alabama Fire College or become a police officer by attending the Police Academy. Some students seek an opportunity to serve in the military branches.

Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO)

SkillsUSA logo

This is an organization for students in technical, skilled and service careers. SkillsUSA offers Publc Safety students an opportunity to compete against other students from Alabama and other states across the country.