Fire Protection Technology

Fire Protection Technology is designed to prepare students for employment in fire service administration or community fire risk management. The program trains students in fire-fighting safety, tactics, law, strategy as well as problem solving and critical decision-making. Students must select a concentration in Fire Administration or Community Risk Management. An Associate of Applied Science degree is earned upon successful completion of the program. Career and technical certificates can also be obtained.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for these programs, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each program specific course to progress in the program.

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Attain a 17 composite score on the ACT;
  • Score a 70 or higher on the ACCUPLACER reading section and a 60 or higher on the arithmetic section;
  • Complete 15 semester hours of program general education coursework with an average of “C” or above at an accredited college or university. Developmental coursework and EMT Basic course credits do not satisfy this requirement;
  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours of related certification training through a recognized fire academy or emergency service training institution.  Note:  Meeting this requirement allows a student to enter the ESD (Emergency Services Degree) program on a provisional basis.  Other admission requirements must be met in order to enroll in general education courses; and
  • Complete a student interview with the program coordinator after all other requirements have been met. 

Students must contact the program coordinator for enrollment in any Fire Protection Technology or Emergency Management and Communications Technology course.

Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1113    English Composition I 3
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
CSC 1113 Computer Concepts 3
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
  Social Science Elective 3
  Math or Laboratory Science
with Lab Elective
  Semester Hours 15/16
Course Number Course Description Hours
FFT 1113 Introduction to Fire Science 3
FFT 1123 Introduction to Fire Prevention 3
FFT 1213 Fire Fighting Prin. & Practices 3
FFT 1223 Fire Apparatus and Hydraulics 3
FFT 2313 Disaster Management 3
FFT 2323 Building Construction 3
FFT 2333 Fire Fighter Safety 3
FFT 2413 Strategy and Tactics 3
FFT 2423 Incident Management Systems 3
FFT 2433 Special Prob. in Fire Protection
EMS 1118 Emergency Medical Technician 3
  Semester Hours 30/35

Fire Protection Technical Specialty Courses
Students must select one area of technical concentration from the following: Fire Administration or Community Risk Management.  Each technical concentration contains four elective fire protection courses.

Course Number Course Description Hours
 FFT 1813 Fire Law 3
FFT 2813 Fire Department Management 3
FFT 2823 Fire Service Supervision 3
FFT 2833 Financial Management 3
FFT     Approved Elective 3
  Semester Hours 15
Course Number Course Description Hours
FFT 1913 Planning for Fire & Emergency  Services 3
FFT 2913  Delivering Fire & Emergency Services 3
FFT 2923 Community Risk Management I 3
FFT 2933 Community Risk Management II 3
FFT Approved Elective 3
  Semester Hours 15

Approved Electives: are chosen from the specialty concentration area Community Risk Management or Fire Service Administration. 

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Inspector
  • Corporate Safety Officer
  • Fire prevention specialist
  • Disaster Management
  • Fire Fighter Safety
  • Strategy and Tactics
  • $25,000 Salary Range
  • $50,000 Salary Range after five years.


For more informationFor more information:
Patrick Warner, coordinator

For more informationFor more information:
Valerie Creel, advisor