About Us

Mission Statement

To provide our customers with an opportunity to receive a quality education in the fields of public safety operation and management, public safety professional certification, emergency management, and industrial safety that will enhance their ability to deliver life saving services, in a manner consistent with specific work practices and while maintaining their safety, as well as the safety of their co-workers and the public they serve.

 

Training Program

Bucks County Community College takes great pride in our role to train the emergency responders of Pennsylvania by providing them with an opportunity to receive quality education regionally throughout the Commonwealth, as well as, on-site at Fire Stations.  Bucks County Community College supports educational programs in the concentration areas of public safety operation and management, public safety certification, emergency management operations, and industrial safety.  Our programs are designed to enhance a First Responder’s ability to deliver life saving services to the communities they serve.  Our Training Program is committed and proud that we link our training courses with the professional certification testing identified through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.  We feel this opportunity offers our State’s responders with the necessary tools required for meeting the demands associated with emergency incidents.  This training and certification format also provides for First Responder credentialing opportunities within their home jurisdiction.  It is our goal to be your full service provider in Pennsylvania and to always strive to meet or exceed your department’s training and certification needs.

Bucks County Community College’s Statewide Regional and On-Site Training Program offers your department the ability to schedule training at your location with a flexible schedule to meet the growing needs of your community.  This helps to accommodate the time restrictions and constraints placed on your employees and members.  Our classes offer adjustable course scheduling to ensure a visionary approach to on-demand training opportunities with our College.  Many of our current courses and many future courses will be continuously aligned with the pertinent NFPA Standards as well as State and Federal Regulations to ensure your educational experience is both practical and compliant with accepted practices involving the emergency services organizations locally and throughout the world.

To accomplish our mission as well as the mission of our customer’s training and certification needs, Bucks County Community College is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard) which ensures a valid and reliable testing process.  In addition, our College is accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

 

ProBoard Accreditation

The Bucks County Community College is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard).  This means that the levels of accredited professional certification offered by the Bucks County Community College meet or exceed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards, along with all requirements set forth by ProBoard.  The process to become accredited is voluntary and only the most capable agencies apply for consideration.  When an emergency services training agency applies for the accreditation their policies are studied, procedures and processes are tested to ensure their certification testing process is evaluated and held to the standards of the accrediting body and compliance with the current NFPA standards.  The Bucks County Community College is also accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which brings additional value knowing your training and certification needs are coming from an accredited higher educational institution.

The Bucks County Community College (formally the County of Bucks) has been ProBoard accredited for over 20 years, starting back in 1994 when accreditation was sought and successfully obtained.  Since that time, Bucks County Community College has continued to add additional certification levels and the courses to obtain those levels.

See the ProBoard Video on YouTube that talks about what ProBoard is and how it can benefit you!

 

Degree Program

The Bucks County Community College, Department of Public Safety prepares practicing and future emergency service professionals through a program that balances technical skills, critical and ethical thinking, leadership, and effective communication.  The department's programs address multiple emergency service educational needs, from professional certifications to degrees.  The program allows students to jump start their degree using industry professional certifications (ProBoard and/or IFSAC Certification) they have already achieved in their career.  Other industry certifications like National Registry EMT can also be awarded credits for students pursuing their degree at Bucks County Community College.

The degree program and individual courses are designed to meet or exceed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.  Bucks County Community College, a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredited school, believes in Stackable Credentials in Emergency Services.  Students can start their degree by using their Certification(s) or achieve them through an accredited National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard) Agency.

 

Industrial Safety (OSHA) Training Program

The Bucks County Community College, Department of Public Safety Training and Certification Industrial Safety Training Division has the capability of designing specific training programs that meet your company’s objectives in all areas of emergency response.  Our industrial training includes fire brigade training, fire protection system training, confined space, hazardous materials, and incident command.  Continuous training programs are also available to assist you in meeting the OSHA-mandated annual training requirements.  Our Industrial Safety Training Staff can meet with you, visit your facilities, review your hazards and training needs, and provide a complete training program that meets your emergency plan needs.

The Bucks County Community College, Department of Public Safety Training and Certification Industrial Safety Training Program also offers companies the flexibility of site-specific training at your facility.  Our classes can be tailored to fit the needs of your business and industry.  All courses taught by the Bucks County Community College, Department of Public Safety Training and Certification Industrial Safety Training Division meet or exceed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.  Because we are accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard), we can offer accredited professional certification for our students by a college accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

 

Healthcare Inspection & Consultation Program

The Bucks County Community College, Department of Public Safety Training and Certification Industrial Safety Training Division also specialize in Healthcare Inspection, Training and Consultation.  Strict and ever changing regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP), and PA Department of Public Welfare (PA-DPW) keep many businesses and companies struggling to keep up with compliance and training requirements.  Our Healthcare Inspection, Training and Consultation program includes fire safety inspections, regulatory compliance audits, hazardous materials training, fire extinguisher training, and emergency exercise planning and implementation just to name a few.  Continuous training programs are also available to assist you in meeting your mandated annual training requirements.  Our Industrial Safety Training Staff can meet with you, visit your facilities, review your needs, and provide a customize plan for your business.

The Bucks County Community College, Department of Public Safety Training and Certification Industrial Safety Training Program offer companies the flexibility of site-specific training at your facility.  Our classes can be tailored to fit the needs of your business and industry.  All courses taught by the Bucks County Community College, Department of Public Safety Training and Certification Industrial Safety Training Division meet or exceed OSHA, EPA, PA-DEP and PA-DPW Standards.  The Bucks County Community College is accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and offers professional certification through our accreditation by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard).