Fire Protection Technician

Associate Degree

The Fire Protection Technician Program offers the student an exciting career in fire protection, fire prevention and fire engineering. The field of the fire science is concerned with the preservation of life and property from fire and related hazards. The fire protection technician is a highly-skilled specialist with a unique blend of technical knowledge, management abilities, and public education and communication skills. Graduates are ideally suited to careers in public and private fire protection. Another area of employment opportunity exists in the field of sales and service with companies which manufacture and distribute fire protection equipment and related supplies. Expanding industrialization and population growth have created new fire problems which must be solved. In this area, the fire protection technician can be part of the team to design and research the answers to solve these problems which are making many demands upon communities, business, and industry.

The Fire Protection Technician Program is 4 semesters in length and most of the courses are oriented to firefighting, fire protection systems, and fire prevention. As part of the FPT an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic course is required either through a semester long course or split course delivery. Starting with a summer semester in between Semesters 2 and 3 of the FPT Program students may attend an Emergency Medical Technician-Fundamentals course. This 2 credit course is followed by a 3 credit Semester 3 course called EMT-Applications. These two courses equate to the regular, 5 credit, 180 hour, EMT-Basic course and part of the course requirements are to attend 10 hour of clinical time in district emergency rooms. Before FPT students are allowed at clinical sites they must undergo a criminal background check through Certified Background, now known as Castle Branch. This requirement must be completed in full and approved prior to registration; No exceptions will be made. There is an additional fee associated with the background check process and students will be required to fill out the Functional Ability form and Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Responsibility forms. Any and all revealing of past criminal activity may preclude students from being allowed at clinical sites and successfully completing the FPT Program.

Note: Prior to admission in either the EMT-Basic course or the EMT-Applications course students must also meet the immunization requirements set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and provide proof of health insurance.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying a 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 planning public education, inspection, and investigation.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies and supervisors.
  • Apply incident management skills to emergency incidents.
  • Meet professional fire and EMS credentialing standards.

This series is for all who wish to be certified by the State of Wisconsin. The emphasis is on skilled hands-on training. All classes require a Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) test for certification at the completion of each course.

Graduates Have Found Employment As

  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Protection Technician
  • Fire Fighting Equipment Specialist/Sales
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Fighter - Crash, Military, Government, State or Federal

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
503-142 Fire Fighting Principles 4
503-153 Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations 1
503-191 Principles of Emergency Services 2
503-195 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
Written Communication
or English Composition 1
809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3
Semester 2
503-143 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
503-159 Fire Fighting Principles II 2
503-192 Principles of Emergency Services Safety & Survival 3
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
806-189 Basic Anatomy 3
Summer between year 1 and year 2
503-125 Emergency Medical Technician Fundamentals 2
Semester 3
503-128 Emergency Medical Technician Applications 3
503-151 Fire Prevention 4
503-157 Fire Investigation 3
503-161 Community Service 1
503-193 Fire Protection Systems 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 4
503-106 Fire Science Employability 3
503-154 Hazardous Materials Chemistry 2
503-156 Strategies, Tactics & Inc Mgmt 4
Fire Protection Technician Internship
or Elective
503-194 Fire Protection Hydraulics 3
801-197 Technical Reporting 3
 Total Credits70

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
801-196Oral/Interpersonal Communication3
801-197Technical Reporting3
804-107College Mathematics3
806-189Basic Anatomy3
809-172Introduction to Diversity Studies3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Fire Protection Career Path (PDF).