Gopher Fire Academy students standing with GPFD Lieutenant Sam Cary.
  • Students apply to take courses in the Firefighter Pathway to prepare to apply to the Firefighter Academy in the spring of their sophomore year. The application will include an agility and skills test. Students who qualify will start the Firefighter Academy at the beginning of their junior year and continue until the end of their senior year. Students who do not qualify for the Firefighter Academy can continue in the Law and Public Safety Pathway.  


    Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (One-Half to One Credit)
    Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security introduces students to professions in law enforcement, security, corrections, and fire and emergency management services. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services. The course provides students with an overview of the skills necessary for careers in law enforcement, fire service, security, and corrections.

    This course is offered for pathway and non-pathway students.

    Forensic Science (One Credit) Recommended for Grades 11-12
    Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry, Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security and Law Enforcement I.

    To receive credit in science, students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement identified in §74.3(b)(2)(C) Forensic Science.

    Forensic Science is a course that uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes of assault, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, accidental death, homicide, and the psychology of criminal behavior. Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to crime scene, questioning, interviewing, criminal behavior characteristics, truth detection, and scientific procedures used to solve crimes. Using scientific methods, students will collect and analyze evidence through case studies and simulated crime scenes such as fingerprint analysis, ballistics, and blood-spatter analysis. Students will learn the history, legal aspects, and career options for forensic science.

    Medical Terminology (One-Half Credit)
    This course is designed to introduce students to the structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, and singular and plural forms, plus medical abbreviations and acronyms. The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology.

    Firefighter I (One to Two Credits) Recommended for Grades 10-12
    Prerequisite: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

    Firefighter I introduces students to firefighter safety and development. Students will analyze Texas Commission on Fire Protection rules and regulations, proper incident reporting and records, proper use of personal protective equipment, and the principles of fire safety. T

    This course is offered for pathway students ONLY.

    Firefighter II (Two to Three Credits) Recommended for Grades 11-12
    Prerequisite: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security and Firefighter I

    Firefighter II is the second in a series for students studying firefighter safety and development. Students will understand Texas Commission on Fire Protection rules and regulations, proper incident reporting and records, proper use of personal protective equipment, and the principles of fire safety. Students will use procedures for use of fire extinguishers, ladder, fire hose, and water supply apparatus.

    This course is offered for pathway students ONLY.