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Emergency Planning & Response Sciences


The Emergency Planning and Response Sciences Program offers a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers related to emergency management, response, and recovery. This course has a strong emphasis on pre-hospital emergency medical response training. 


The Emergency Planning and Response Sciences is an Florida Department of Education approved four-year Career Technical Education program & is one of three pathways available to an NJROTC Cadet at Winter Park High School (Core, Aviation, and EPRS). During the course, students will receive academic lectures, hands-on training/ workshops, and field study related to the management and response before, during, and after man-made and natural disasters.


Students will become familiar with the roles,  responsibilities, and capabilities  of national, state, regional, and local emergency agencies and organizations in natural and man-made disasters. A wide variety of Emergency Management subjects are covered to educate students on the doctrine and theory of emergency management in the United States.  


Throughout the program, students will receive a wide variety of technical training in critical emergency-related skills including disaster preparedness, emergency medical response,search and rescue, disaster psychology,  and fire suppression. Related technical subjects such as hazardous material operations, terrorism awareness, team organization and leadership, and college and career planning are covered in detail. 

The Winter Park EPRS program is a recognized National Registry of Emergency

Medical Technicians (NREMT) Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training 

program and, upon completion of the appropriate coursework, our students

are eligible to take their National Registry test, and apply for their certification

as an NREMT EMR. 


EPRS 1 8602010 Introduction to Emergency Response

This course is designed to introduce emergency response and management careers and begin to develop competencies in first responder situations such as concepts of public safety and basic first aid skills.

American Red Cross Adult/ Pediatric CPR/ AED/ First Aid Course.

  • This course is designed to prepare individuals to recognize and give immediate care  appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies until more advanced medical personnel arrive.

EPRS 2 8602020 Fundamentals of Emergency Response

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the National Response Plan, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), critical infrastructure protection process, and law and ethics for first responders.

  • NASAR Fundamentals of Search and Rescue Course.

This course is designed to provide the knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, technical skills, abilities, and equipment needed by individuals assigned to wilderness/ wide area Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.

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EPRS 3 8602030 Basic Emergency Response Techniques


This course is designed to develop leadership skills in emergency management and gaining practical emergency-related skills, techniques, and procedures, and understanding the impacts of dealing with death, injuries, and loss. 

  • American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response Course. This course is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge and skills  to provide immediate lifesaving care in medical emergencies while awaiting additional Emergency Medical Service resources to arrive. Successful completion of this course makes a student eligible to take the NREMT EMR exam, apply for certification as a nationally registered Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).  

EPRS 4 8602040 EPRS Apprenticeship Program

This course is the final segment  in the EPRS program and is  designed to develop competencies in employability skills, understanding public policy and regulatory issues. Students will be assisted in internship and other experience-building opportunities related to emergency management and response careers. Post-secondary education topics will be covered during this course, including but not limited to: Curriculum vitae/ resume development, personal finance management, and related life skills.

American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support Course.

  • This course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.

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