Public Safety

The Public Safety programs provide quality educational programs to prepare individuals for successful employment and lifelong learning.


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Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

  • Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

    BLET is an intensive curriculum program of 624 hours (17 weeks – full-time day class; 39 weeks – part-time evening class) that includes both classroom and practical applications. This program includes instruction in 36 topics that are required to become a beginning level law enforcement officer.

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Criminal Justice Academy (CJA)

  • Criminal Justice Academy (CJA)

    Criminal Justice Education and Training and Standards rules require that every law enforcement officer certified in NC must receive 24 credits of in-service training annually.

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Fire & Emergency Management Degrees

  • Fire Protection Technology

    The Fire Protection Technology curriculum is designed to provide individuals with technical and professional knowledge to make decisions regarding fire protection for both public and private sectors. It also provides a sound foundation of continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration, and management.

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  • Emergency Management

    The Emergency Management curriculum, which has emerged from the Fire Protection Technology program, is designed to provide students with a foundation of technical and professional knowledge needed for emergency services delivery in local and state government agencies.

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Fire & Rescue Certification

  • Fire/Rescue Certification

    Sign up for monthly training classes, NC breathing equipment school, or the statewide public safety training classes.

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  • Regional Emergency Services Training Center (RESTC)

    It is the intent of the Gaston College Regional Emergency Services Training Center to provide basic, continuing, and advanced training to all areas of emergency services – fire, rescue, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and customized Industrial Fire Brigade Training across the southeast.

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Emergency Medical Science Degree

  • Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic AAS Track

    The Emergency Medical Science curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system and prepares graduates to enter the workforce.

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  • Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic AAS Bridging Track

    The Emergency Medical Science, Paramedic Bridging Track is a degree completion track allowing certified non-degree Paramedics to achieve an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Science. This program is comprised of major EMS courses along with related courses required in the curriculum.

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Emergency Medical Services Continuing Education

  • American Heart Association Courses

    Are you looking for a flexible and convenient way to meet your AHA training needs? Courses offered include Basic Life Support CPR, Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED for the Workplace, Bloodborne Pathogens, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

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  • Paramedic Refresher Course

    The Paramedic Refresher course follows the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS, and adheres to the EMS Education Standards, the American Heart Association, the National Registry of EMTs, and introduces the new NCCP guidelines. Students must be currently or previously credentialed as a NC and/or NREMT Paramedic, have a high school diploma or high school equivalency, and have basic reading comprehension and English skills. This course includes an online component, psychomotor skills practice and evaluation, and a comprehensive evaluation. You must take the entire course to receive course credit.

    Hours: 60
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  • EMT – Emergency Medical Technician

    This course is designed to train individuals to become emergency medical personnel. The student is exposed to emergency patient care through both classroom education and demonstrating competency through psychomotor skill labs.

    Hours: 180
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  • EMT Recertification

    EMT Refresher courses allow currently-credentialed EMTs to re-credential upon completion of the refresher course. Most of our EMT Refresher courses are structured as practical review and assessments conducted in a traditional classroom/psychomotor lab setting.

    Hours: 40
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