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Fire Protection Technician

10-503-2 Associate Degree (AAS) 70 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Firefighters provide a special service to the community, protecting people and their property with fire prevention and protection efforts. To prepare for this career field, you’ll learn the principles of fire prevention, fire protection systems and other emergency services, along with fire behavior and fire management. Your training will include knowledge of building construction and the use of water in fire protection. You’ll also learn about hazardous materials, rope rescue, confined space rescue and trench rescue, as well as EMT-Basic certification training. Through realistic classroom simulation and hands-on experience, you will master the knowledge and techniques to save lives and property. You’ll be ready for Wisconsin certification in Firefighter I and II, Fire Inspector I and Driver/Operator-Pumper. Get started on this exciting, rewarding career.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (48 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Firefighter Fitness
10-503-135
1
Assess existing physical fitness abilities; improve upon the existing physical fitness level; and survey requirements for fire department physical agility testing as part of the hiring process.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/English) >= 18 OR Program Prep; Active in Fire Prot Techn Coreq: Prncples Emergency Services (10503191), Prncples Emergency Services Safety & Survival (10503192) and Firefighter Fitness (10503135)
Technical Rescue
10-503-101
4
Exposes the student to labor-intensive requirements in team-based technical rescue. Students will be trained in rope rescue, confined space rescue and trench rescue to the technician level.
Prerequisite: Principles of Emergency Services 10503191 and Firefighting Principles 10503142
Fire Protection Internship
10-503-130
2
Provides an opportunity for students to perform the duties of a municipal firefighter while serving the typical 24-hour shift, excluding FVTC class periods, at one of several fire departments. Fire department officers evaluate student performance. Department consent required.
Prereq: Principles Emergency Services 10503191, Firefighting Principles 10503142, Emergency Medical Technician Basic 10531169, and instructor consent
Fire Fighting Principles
10-503-142
4
Describes basic fire behavior, techniques used to control structural and related fire emergencies, and life safety practices. Students perform all practical evolutions necessary to control and extinguish fires and otherwise meet all requirements for Firefighter I certification with the State of Wisconsin.
Prereq: Principles Emergency Services 10503191; Coreq: General Chemistry 10806134, Firefighting Principles 10503142, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations 10503153, Hazardous Materials Chemistry 10503154
Building Construction
10-503-143
3
Provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.
Prerequisite: Principles Emergency Services 10503191; Corequisite: Firefighting Principles 10503142
Fire Prevention
10-503-151
4
Provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation.
Prerequisite: Principles Emergency Services 10503191
Strategies, Tactics, and Incident Management Systems
10-503-156
4
Provides the principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents. Prepares students to pursue current national ICS training requirements.
Prereq: Principles Emergency Services 10503191, Firefighting Principles 10503142, and Building Construction 10503143
Fire Investigation
10-503-157
3
Provides learners with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene investigations.
Prerequisite: Principles of Emergency Services 10503191 and Firefighting Principles 10503142
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
10-531-169
5
Presents and evaluates the knowledge and skills needed by ambulance personnel to respond to and treat cardiac arrest and critical medical and trauma situations. Extrication and ambulance operations are also covered. Department consent required.
Prerequisite: Admission to the EMT-Basic or Fire Protection programs and Completion of the EMT Basic Checklist. Checklist completion is tracked via the EMTB student group.
Principles of Emergency Services Safety and Survival
10-503-192
3
Provides an introduction to the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/English) >= 18 OR Program Prep; Active in Fire Prot Techn Coreq: Prncples Emergency Services (10503191), Prncples Emergency Services Safety & Survival (10503192) and Firefighter Fitness (10503135)
Fire Behavior and Combustion
10-503-195
3
Explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled.
Prerequisite: Principles Emergency Services 10503191; Corequisite: General Chemistry 10806134 and Firefighting Principles 10503142
Principles of Emergency Services
10-503-191
2
Provides an overview of emergency services; career opportunities; culture and history; fire loss analysis; organization and function; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations; nomenclature; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/English) >= 18 OR Program Prep; Active in Fire Prot Techn Coreq: Prncples Emergency Services (10503191), Prncples Emergency Services Safety & Survival (10503192) and Firefighter Fitness (10503135)
Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Level
10-503-153
1
Provides basic chemistry relating to the categories of hazardous materials including recognition, identification, reactivity, and health hazards encountered by emergency services.
Prereq: Principles Emergency Services 10503191; Coreq: General Chemistry 10806134, Firefighting Principles 10503142, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations 10503153, Hazardous Materials Chemistry 10503154
Hazardous Materials Chemistry
10-503-154
2
The hazardous materials technician shall be that person who responds to hazardous materials/WMD incidents using a risk-based response process by which he or she analyzes a problem involving hazardous materials/WMD, selects applicable decontamination procedures, and controls a release using specialized protective clothing and control equipment.
Prereq: Principles Emergency Services 10503191; Coreq: General Chemistry 10806134, Firefighting Principles 10503142, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations 10503153, Hazardous Materials Chemistry 10503154
Certified Driver/Operator-Pumper
10-503-136
1
Provides instruction and opportunity to understanding and put into practice basic defensive driving techniques. This course meets the requirements of NFPA 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications, Driver/Operator – Pumper Job Performance Requirements (JPRs).
Prerequisite: Principles Emergency Services 10503191, Firefighting Principles 10503142, and College Math 10804107; Corequisite: Certified Driver/Operator Pumper 10503136 and Fire Protection Hydraulics 10503194
Fire Protection Hydraulics
10-503-194
3
Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems.
Prerequisite: Principles Emergency Services 10503191, Firefighting Principles 10503142, and College Math 10804107; Corequisite: Certified Driver/Operator Pumper 10503136 and Fire Protection Hydraulics 10503194
Fire Protection Systems
10-503-193
3
Provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.
Prerequisite: Principles Emergency Services 10503191 OR Active in the Homeland Security and Asset Protection Management plan

General Studies (22 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
General Chemistry
10-806-134
4
Covers inorganic chemistry and basic organic chemistry. Topics include metrics, problem solving, atomic structure, chemical reactions, solutions and concentrations, ionization, pH and organic compounds.
Prereq: ACCPL Algebra >= 51 OR ACT(Math) >=18 OR Program Prep with a C or better OR College Math 1 (10804115/113) OR Algebra (10804109) OR Tech Math (10804121) OR Math Tech Basic (10804125) OR College Math (10804107) OR Math Common Topics (10804117)
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3
Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3
Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
College Mathematics
10-804-107
3
Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra; geometry and trigonometry; and probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not enrolled in a program. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.
English Composition 1
10-801-136
3
Designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/English) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Think Critically & Creatively
10-809-103
3
Provides instruction in the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives, and more are considered in-depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.

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