Emergency Response and 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.

For more information regarding credentialing and accreditation please see the Accreditation page.

This program may provide prior learning credit and extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

For more information see the Credit for Prior Learning page.

Available Degrees and Certificates with Curriculum Maps

Associate of Applied Science

One Year Certificate

Less-Than-One-Year Certificate


What will I learn in the Emergency Response and 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.

The Emergency Medical Technician course abides by the Oregon State and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) curriculum.​


Careers in Emergency Response and Operations

Median Annual Salary

  • United States:
  • Oregon State:
  • Klamath Region:

2021-2030 Employment Projection

13% Growth

Entry Level Educational Requirements:

High School Diploma

Prospective Jobs

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

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.

Contact ERO

Jim Gravley
ERO- Criminal Justice Program Lead
Preston Hundley
ERO - Wildland Fire Science Program Lead
Gary Denney
ERO - Structural Fire Science Program Lead
Emergency Medical Technician Program Lead