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PCC-Cascade hosts Emergency Services open house
Photos and Story by James Hill
The Portland Community College Cascade Campus is hosting an open house for its Emergency Services programs. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at the Public Service Education Building, 705 N. Killingsworth St. This event is free and open to the public.
The community is welcome to explore the possibilities of the rapidly growing career fields of 911 dispatch, police, fire science, emergency medical technician and criminal justice. These are career fields in which qualified candidates are sorely needed and provide above-average entry-level pay and benefits. The jobs in these sectors are available in large cities as well as rural communities and give potential emergency workers a way to be part of a community. Trainers and recruiters will be on-hand to discuss qualifications and requirements. Current students enrolled in the various programs will be available to talk about their experience.
Simulated emergency situations will be conducted throughout the day and include:
• Fire Science students will demonstrate use of equipment and apparatus (i.e. taking a hydrant, repelling, rescue).
• Criminal Justice students will demonstrate various aspects of law enforcement (i.e. forensics, patrol procedures, investigations).
• Emergency Medical Program students will demonstrate emergency medical care (i.e. trauma, CPR, treatment and transport).
• Emergency Telecommunicator/911 Dispatch students will demonstrate receiving and dispatching emergency calls (i.e. medical dispatch protocol, call interrogation, radio broadcasting).
Participants will have an opportunity to talk to PCC instructors about the classes available in each program. Mini-classes, tours the state-of-the-art facilities, skills demonstrations, informational videos and advising appointments will also be available.
For more information about the open house, call (503) 978-5530.