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  Printed on 2/21/2018

Fire Protection Technician

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

*Some general education courses 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 $10,438.70*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $1,315.00*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include books or all materials and supplies.


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Fire Protection Technician

Term Availability
Spring 2018
Summer 2018
Fall 2018
Spring 2019

* Program availability may vary by location. 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; learn more at; or provide official 4-year college transcript indicating proof of graduation to waive your academic skills assessment to the general education level; If you scored 165 or higher on your GED tests we will waive your scores to the general education level.

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 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.
Program Accreditation/Certification
Measuring Program Outcomes: The Technical Skill Attainment Initiative applies to all Wisconsin Technical College System degrees and diplomas. It requires every program to measure student achievement of technical skills and college-wide common learning outcomes. To measure student attainment of the Fire Protection Technician program outcome technical skills and the college’s common learning outcomes (“Employability Essentials”), Fox Valley Technical College uses the results of the Firefighter 1 exam - written and practical. The following are the program pass rates for the indicated years:

• Year 2011-12: 67 Passed, 22 Not Passed, 75% Pass Rate
• Year 2012-13: 76 Passed, 15 Not Passed, 83% Pass Rate
• Year 2013-14: 26 Passed, 0 Not Passed, 100% Pass Rate
• Year 2014-15: 57 Passed, 4 Not Passed, 93% Pass Rate
• Year 2015-16: 34 Passed, 1 Not Passed, 97% Pass Rate

Total: 260 Passed, 42 Not Passed, 86% Pass Rate
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 mandatory new program student orientation (separate from new student orientation) is required to attend before starting the program (Information on the orientation is sent out with registration into Principles of Emergency Services.)
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:
Your program requires that you complete General Chemistry.

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