Having a major while still in high school is not common for most seventeen year olds, but at Quincy High School, many of us do have them. They can range anywhere from Carpentry to Culinary to Business. The Protective/ Legal Services major is for students with an interest in all things law enforcement and public service. The Protective Services major is a two period or hour and a half a day program that students can take for up to three years. I’ve been in this program for three years now, and through it I have been able to delve into the world of Legal Services and get many certifications that I never thought I would receive. I’ve become certified in CPR and First Aid, FEMA Disaster Awareness Certified. I’m also certified in 911 dispatch certified to NFPA 1061 Standard on Public Safety Telecommunicator Professional Qualifications. In the third year of the program, interns are introduced to various public safety and legal related offices. The students leave the classroom on Thursdays and Fridays from 1-2:30 to get a glimpse into what jobs are out there for students with an interest in this type of field.
Of the many student interns available, I was fortunate to be able to come to NFPA. Throughout my internship, I have been shown the different aspects of NFPA. I’ve attended “Coffee Time” and heard about one department’s role on certification and training based on the documents at NFPA. I’ve had the chance to research and write about fire fighter fatalities, and then the data and analysis people have reviewed my work for accuracy. They liked my work! Other opportunities include this blog, the review of professional publications, and lesson plans for training pertaining to Bakken Crude Oil. The cooperation between the school and the NFPA has let me experience an amazing work place, and I am grateful for the opportunity to intern at NFPA.