Public Safety Training

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according to, BTC's Criminal Justice Program ranks 3rd best in Wisconsin
public safety personnel relied on BTC for their training needs in 2016

97% of
students pass BTC's public safety courses

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For many students, a career in public safety is more than a job. It’s a calling and Blackhawk Technical College has the interactive learning experiences and comprehensive course offerings to help our students answer the call. It’s why we lead the region in quality continuing education opportunities for public safety professionals, including public and private law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical service professionals.

Saving lives is serious business and our experienced instructors are committed to providing cutting-edge training experiences that prepare students to effectively handle real-world incidents, utilizing the latest teaching methods, training tools and safety equipment.

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Janesville Fire Dept. Case Study

The Janesville Fire Department (JFD) asked Blackhawk to develop Health and Safety Officer (HSO) and Incident Safety Officer (ISO) classes to educate fire fighters on department and emergency incident safety.

The courses also needed to encourage professionals from different Rock County departments to collaborate. Blackhawk responded with convenient weekday, evening classes to maximize attendance and a curriculum that used group exercises to bring career and volunteer fire fighters together.

The result. More than 50 students participated in JFD’s training courses—developing positive cross-departmental working relationships that may just improve first responders’ ability to act quickly and collaboratively in an emergency.

“Our department worked closely with BTC when we hosted the National Fire Academy’s Health and Safety Officer and Incident Safety Officer classes last year.  BTC was very accommodating to our time frame and schedule and was able to provide quality training with professional instruction. The training was a huge success that not only helped in the development of our personnel but improved our health safety practices both in the firehouse and at emergency incidents.”

- Battalion Chief Chris Lukas, City of Janesville Fire Department

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