Printed on 9/28/2021

Fire Protection Technician

10-503-2 Associate Degree (AAS)
Part Time and Full Time
64 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day and Evening
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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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.

Career Opportunities

  • Firefighter
  • Firefighter/EMT
  • Fire Inspector
  • Special Hazards Field Technician
  • Test & Inspect Technician


Estimated Program Cost

Fire Protection Technician

This program will cost about $10,764.35*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $1,800.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $1,477.80*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


Check Program Availability *

Fire Protection Technician

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Skills Assessment

    An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

  • Credit Transfer Options

    They're your credits. Take them with you!

    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • 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, 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.
  • Additional Information
    In the program, you will have the opportunity to complete certification training for the State of Wisconsin in Firefighter I, Fire Inspector I, and Driver/Operator-Pumper. The department offers opportunities to take Firefighter II, Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I certification courses. Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations and Technician level is ProBoard certified. You will receive training in 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.

    A criminal background check and drivers license history will be required for this program.

    Proof of a valid driver's license is required for this program.

    A physical performed by FVTC’s Occupational Health provider must be completed before starting the program -Details on the physical are provided at new program student orientation and physicals conducted with other providers not affiliated with FVTC’s Occupational Health contract will not be accepted.

    For a complete list of supplies students are required to purchase visit:

    The Fire Protection program is offered in flexible formats; Students can either do the traditional day program, or if the student is currently on a department and hold Firefighter 1 and Driver/Operator certifications, there is a part-time evening option available

  • Undecided?

    Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.

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Start anywhere. Many credits can apply toward future programs, so you can get the right training at the right time in your career.

Start anywhere. Many credits can apply toward future programs.