Fire Protection Technician

Fire Protection Technician

Associate of Applied Science

Credits Required for Graduation: 70.00

Program Overview

Fire protection technicians respond to fire-related emergencies. They work at the scenes of accidents, fires, natural and other disasters. They work in well-organized teams rescuing victims, recovering building contents, administering first aid, and operating pump equipment and ladders.

When not responding to emergencies, fire protection technicians promote fire prevention strategies and maintain firefighting equipment. Some work as fire inspectors and fire investigators. Most fire protection technicians work for city fire departments protecting business and residential property. Others work for airports, at chemical plants, in forested regions, and for equipment vendors and insurance companies.

The Fire Protection Technician program gives students a comprehensive understanding of current fire prevention and firefighting principles. Through simulation of real-life situations in the classroom and through hands-on practice, students master the knowledge and techniques used to save lives and property.

Students complete an internship with a fire department for a semester. Students complete training to prepare for Wisconsin Firefighter I, Fire Inspection I, Hazmat Technician, Driver/Operator-Pumper certification and NREMT-B (Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Basic). Students also have the option of earning Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certification (NREMT-P). Obtaining this certification will greatly enhance their employability upon graduation.

Important Program Information

It is recommended that the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course be successfully completed prior to enrolling into any other core courses. If the EMT course is not completed before entering the fall core courses, the student would need to take the EMT course in the summer between year one and year two. The student should be aware that a negative background check reviewed by the Wis DHS after enrollment in the EMT course could prohibit their issuance of a training permit and license. This would also result in the student being ineligible for graduation from the Fire Protection Technician program.