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Fire Protection Technician

10-503-2 Associate Degree (AAS) 63 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they 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 behavior, management, prevention and protection systems, as well as other emergency services. Your training will include knowledge of building construction and the use of water in fire protection. You’ll also learn about hazardous materials, rope, confined space 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 in our FESHE aligned program. With this training, you’ll be ready for numerous Wisconsin firefighter certifications. Get started on this exciting, rewarding career.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Technical Studies (45 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Firefighter Functional Fitness
10-503-135
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. 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: Active in Fire Protection Technician; HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103
Firefighting Principles
10-503-141
3Credit
108
72
108 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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.
Hazardous Materials Technician
10-503-149
3Credit
90
72
90 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Provides a student, through this 90-hour course, with the information and skills needed to meet the training requirements and knowledge cited in NFPA 472, Awareness, Operations (including mission specific competency) and Technician levels. The student will learn to recognize, evaluate, mitigate and control incidents involving the release of hazardous materials. This course meets OSHA 1910.120 and EPA 165.5. and prepares a student for IFSAC and ProBoard certification.
Principles of Emergency Services
10-503-191
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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: Active in Fire Protection; ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read/Sent 250+, ACT Read/Engl 18+, HS GPA 2.75+ OR Prog Prep; Coreq: HazMat Awareness & Ops 10503153; HazMat Chem 10503154; Fire Fighting Princ 10503142
Building Construction
10-503-143
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereq: Firefighting Principles (10503142); Principles Emergency Services (10503191)
Fire Prevention
10-503-151
4Credit
72
144
72 hours in class and estimate 144 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereq: Firefighting Principles (10503142); Principles Emergency Services (10503191)
Principles of Emergency Services Safety and Survival
10-503-192
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
10-531-169
5Credit
180
90
180 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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. The course does include CPR certification.
Prereq: Admission to EMT-Basic or Fire Protection programs
Fire Protection Systems
10-503-193
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereq: Firefighting Principles (10503142); Principles Emergency Services (10503191)
Fire Protection Hydraulics
10-503-194
3Credit
90
90
90 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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).
Prereq: Principles Emergency Services 10503191, Firefighting Principles 10503142, and College Math 10804107
Technical Rescue
10-503-105
3Credit
162
36
162 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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.
Fire Protection Internship
10-503-130
2Credit
432
0
432 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. 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; Firefighter Fitness 10503135; Emergency Medical Technician Basic 10531169; Instructor Consent
Strategies, Tactics, and Incident Management Systems
10-503-156
4Credit
72
144
72 hours in class and estimate 144 hours outside of class. 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
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides learners with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene investigations.
Prereq: Principles of Emergency Services (10503191) and Firefighting Principles (10503142)
Fire Behavior and Combustion
10-503-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled.
Prereq: Firefighting Principles (10503142); Principles Emergency Services (10503191)

General Studies (18 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
College Mathematics
10-804-107
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics in the areas of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, measurement and data. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.
Prereq: Arith – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 65+, Next Gen 263+, ACT Math 18+ OR Arith Prep 10834109 OR Not pursuing a degree
Basic Anatomy
10-806-189
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
English Composition 1
10-801-136
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR not pursuing a degree.
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree

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