If you enjoy an adrenaline rush and have a desire to help people in need, think about a future in the fire protection field. Fire protection technicians respond to accidents, fires, natural disasters, and other emergencies that threaten life or property. They work in teams to rescue victims, render aid, recover property, and operate fire-fighting equipment such as ladders and pumpers.
When not responding to emergencies, you can be educating individuals and businesses on fire safety, maintaining fire fighting equipment, or even working as a fire inspector or investigator. In most cases, you will work for a city fire department, but opportunities also exist at airports, chemical plants, and forested areas. You may also work for a fire equipment vendor or insurance company.
In this program, you’ll learn the latest fire-prevention and fire-fighting techniques in the classroom and through simulations of real-life situations. You’ll spend one semester as an intern with a fire department.
This training prepares you for Wisconsin Firefighter I, Fire Inspection I, Hazmat Technician, Driver/Operator-Pumper certification and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (NREMT-B). You may want to pursue Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certification (NREMT-P) to increase your chances of employment after graduation.
Courses are held at Western's state-of-the-art Public Safety Training Facility in Sparta.
Starting fall 2024, Western will offer an Experienced Firefighter Pathway to help full-time firefighters complete their Fire Protection Technician associate degree while continuing to work and serve their communities. Read about this new offering.
To view the Fire Protection Technician program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.