Fire Protection Technician | Western Technical College

Fire Protection Technician

Associate of Applied Science

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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.

To view the Fire Protection Technician program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Fire Protection Technician

This program will cost about $9,800* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities


Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying personal code of ethics, positive work ethics, flexibility, teamwork skills, physical fitness, safe procedures, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals
  • Perform fire prevention activities including preplanning, public education, inspection, and investigation
  • Apply incident management and mitigation skills to emergency incidents
  • Meet professional fire and EMS credentialing standards
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies, and supervisors
  • Apply critical thinking skills to both emergency and non-emergency situations

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Transfer Agreements

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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