The Octorara Homeland Security and Protective Services Academy (OHSPSA) is an approved PA Department of Education Career and Technical Education Program of Study available to students in grades 10, 11, and 12 for every Chester County school. The Academy is a part-time school of choice specializing in careers for pre-hospital emergency medical care, emergency medical technician (EMT), firefighting, emergency management, law enforcement, corrections, and military services.
The program requires cadets to wear uniforms and focuses on discipline and teamwork in a para-military environment. This program of study prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills required to perform entry level duties as a firefighter, emergency medical and first aid responder, security, corrections, as well as various other occupations which encompass the broad spectrum of public safety. The program stresses techniques, methods, and procedures associated with emergency responses. Upon completion, students have the ability to earn up to 50 college credits, 64 state and national job-related certifications which are required for entry level positions. The Academy is a half day afternoon 11:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. program located at the Chester County Emergency Services Training Center in Coatesville.
For more information about OHSPSA, go to https:/https://www.octorara.k12.pa.us/domain/628/www.octorara.k12.pa.us/domain/628.