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Fire Protection Technician
Program Code: 10-503-2

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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 70 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As a fire protection technician, you protect life and property through fire prevention efforts and, if necessary, by proper firefighting principles and techniques. Upon graduation from the Fire Protection Technician program, you are well trained in the progressive, proactive philosophy of the modern fire service which emphasizes fire prevention and public education, as well as the traditional firefighting and emergency medical service components.

Program Description

This program prepares you for a career in fire prevention and protection. You will learn to apply proper principles in solving fire-related problems facing America in the 21st Century. Through realistic classroom simulation and hands-on experience, you will master the knowledge and techniques to save lives and property.

The Fire Protection Internship provides an opportunity for you as a qualified student to work in a fire department for a semester or school year and function as a regular firefighter. You are also given practical training at the Fox Valley Technical College Regional Fire Training Center. This practical work experience and training together with classroom instruction provides you with a comprehensive understanding of fire prevention and firefighting principles.

You will have the opportunity to complete certification training for the State of Wisconsin in Firefighter I and II, Fire Inspector I, and Driver/Operator-Pumper. You will receive training in hazardous materials, rope rescue, confined space rescue, and trench rescue to the Technician level. You will also receive EMT-Basic certification training while completing your associate degree.

The Fire Protection Technician program is designed to permit a new student to enter at the start of each semester as openings exist.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements


  • An ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or higher or completion of equivalent Program Prep course and an ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Score of 83 or higher or completion of equivalent Program Prep course is required prior to enrolling in Term 2 core Fire/503 courses.
  • This program requires successful completion of a Criminal Background Check and a Caregiver Background Check. This means that you will have to verify that you have NO record with the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Family Services that would prohibit you from working in a career-related profession. You will be asked to complete the check prior to your participation in a clinical or an internship placement.

Program Outcomes
  • 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, inspections, and investigations.
  • Apply management skills to emergency incidents.
  • Meet professional fire and emergency medical credentialing standards.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to both emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies, and supervisors.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Four years of English; speech; two years of math (Algebra I); chemistry; computer keyboard skills; and physical education are beneficial.

Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Jeremy Hansen at (920) 225-5954.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program