Emergency Response Operations

Emergency Response Operations

Do you work well under pressure? Are you good in a crisis? Can you think on your feet? If you answered "yes" to these questions, KCC's emergency response operations (ERO) program may be for you. Our emergency response operations program will teach you the knowledge and skills needed in today’s changing public safety workplace.

Q & A 

What will I learn in the Emergency Response Operations program?

The program develops education, skills, and techniques for planning, responding, and mitigating various emergency situations within the student’s specific discipline, with emphasis on effective response and operations.

There are three emphases within our ERO program:
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Structural firefighter
  • Criminal justice

Why choose an emphasis?

Each emphasis in the program requires a different combination of classes. You can view the requirements for each emphasis in our catalog.

Do I have to get the full associate degree?

No. We also offer one-year and less-than-one-year certificates in each emphasis. These certificates are perfect for those who want to brush up on their skills or gain new ones to advance in their current career.

The Emergency Medical Technician course abides by the Oregon State and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) curriculum. This course has over 200 hours of classroom instruction that includes lecture, group projects, discussions, hands on practice, simulations, and scenarios. In addition to the classroom, students will also need to complete at least 16 hours’ worth of clinical and field internships with licensed professionals that are currently working in the field. Students must have a cumulative score of at 70% in order to be cleared to test for both the state and national exams (written and practical) to receive their EMT licensure and certification for both the State of Oregon and the NREMT.

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Median Annual Salary

United States:
Oregon State:
Klamath Region:

Prospective Jobs

Emergency dispatcher Emergency medical technician Emergency management director
Wildland fire fighter Structural fire fighter Law enforcement officer

2019-2029 Employment Projection

10.3% Growth

Entry Level Educational Requirements:

High School Diploma

All data was gathered from the
State of Oregon Employment Department and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Data provided for a firefighter position. For a different employment forecast, visit the State of Oregon Employment Department.

Program Advisors

Emergency Response Operations Advisor
Jim Gravley
ERO- Criminal Justice Program Lead
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Emergency Response Operations Advisor
Ryan Dickerson
ERO - Structural and Wildland Fire Science Program Lead
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Emergency Response Operations Advisor
Kasey Lanning
Emergency Medical Technician Program Lead
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603