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posted: 11/18/2013 12:25 PM

Harper professor to lead session on public safety careers

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As a firefighter for 35 years, Harper College Professor Sam Giordano understands the need for well-trained and highly skilled responders when an emergency strikes.

"When someone dials 911, they are probably having the worst day of their lives," said Giordano, who now heads up Harper's fire science technology program.

"Everyone who responds to the call, from the dispatcher who answers to the law enforcement or fire department on the scene, is instrumental in saving lives. It's necessary that those people have the training and ability to fulfill emergency management roles at the local, state and federal levels."

Bensenville Fire Chief Michael Spain and David Gervino of the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will join Giordano, instructors, alumni and current students at an informational session on Harper's public safety programs at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Room W219 of the Wojcik Conference Center on the college's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.

Attendees can learn about employment requirements for various fields, including emergency and disaster management, forensic science, law enforcement, public safety dispatch and fire science technology.

Some career programs offer certification in just two classes. The $25 application fee will be waived for those who fill one out during the info session.

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