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Fire Protection Technology A.A.S. (A55240)

Location(s): Carrington-Scott Campus (Graham Campus)

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Program Description

The Fire Protection Technology curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in the technical, managerial, and leadership areas necessary for advancement within the fire protection community and related firefighting industries, and to provide currently employed firefighters with knowledge and skills often required for promotional consideration. 

Course work includes diverse fire protection subject areas, including fire prevention and safety, public education, building construction, fire ground strategies and tactics, and local government finance and laws, as they apply to emergency services management. Emphasis includes understanding fire characteristics and the structural consequences of fire; risk assessment and management; and relevant research, communications, and leadership methodologies.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate, explain and apply fire suppression techniques by assessing hazard classifications, fire behavior and their effect on fire suppression techniques.
  • Develop presentations for fire safety and communicate the information in writing.
  • Provide public services in a safe, legal and ethical manner utilizing local and state laws as well as building codes.
  • Apply investigative techniques to mock scenarios by identifying the presence of evidence to suggest a possible arson and the collection/preserving procedures for the evidence.
  • Identify the working mechanisms, designs and functions of sprinkler systems, alarm systems and building construction/design as pertaining to the fire service.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist with fire departments, governmental agencies, industrial firms, insurance rating organizations, and educational organizations. Employed persons should expect enhanced opportunities for skilled, supervisorylevel and mid-level management positions within his/her current organization.


Entering or returning students may be required to take placement tests for math and English prior to enrolling; testing is done in Student Success by appointment. Students may be required to take one or more developmental English or Math courses prior to the required course(s), depending upon their SAT, ACT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores.


Students must complete all Fire Protection (FIP) courses with a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this program.

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical and cognitive standards. This information is found in the Student Success office.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

First Year

Semester Total: 19 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 18 Credit Hour(s)

Semester Total: 17 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 16 Credit Hour(s)

Second Year

Fall 3rd Semester

Semester Total: 15 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 14 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 4th Semester

Semester Total: 18-19 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 18 Credit Hour(s)

Total: 69-70 Contact Hour(s)

Total: 66 Credit Hour(s)

†Developmental English and/or Math may be required, based on placement test results.

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