Career Pathways to Public Safety

Begin your next great adventure.

Career Pathways to Public Safety is a partnership between the Rochester City School District (RCSD) and the City of Rochester designed to increase career awareness and employment opportunities in the uniformed positions in public safety. The three-year program provides youth residing in the City of Rochester with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to meet the high demand for diverse and local candidates in the following public safety fields:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Firefighting Technology
  • Emergency Communication (9-1-1)
  • Emergency Medical Services

Public safety careers open doors to a wide range of specialized fields. Firefighters might become experts in emergency first aid or swift-water rescue. Police Officers can aspire to join the Mounted Patrol or work in the K-9 unit. And the workers in the 911 emergency call center can become experts in telecommunications technology and drive changes in the industry. EMTs can become paramedics or pursue careers in medicine such as nursing or physician.

Program Criteria

  • Rochester City School District students entering grade 10 in the upcoming school year
  • In good standing in academics and attendance
  • Parental consent 
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a teacher or administrator at their school/one from a community member)
  • Counselor sign off

For full program details and to apply, visit

Rochester Fire Department

Firefighters perform extremely technical work in emergency situations. A variety of tasks may be performed under hazardous conditions including the delivery of emergency medical services. Firefighters also have the opportunity to work in other areas such as fire prevention, public education, training, special operations, fire investigations, and information technology.

Rochester Police Department

The citizens and visitors of Rochester enjoy the service and protection of one of the nation’s premier law enforcement agencies, the Rochester Police Department. The RPD motto, "Serving with Pride," is much more than words.

911 Emergency Communications

We’re here first when seconds count. If you thrive under pressure, think fast and clearly when others are prone to panic; and have an ability to extract important details from a rush of information, this is the job for you. Every phone call is a call for help and a new adventure.

Emergency Medical Services

Be the first to arrive at an emergency medical scene and provide pre-hospital care.