Fire Protection Technician
70-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Firefighters are tasked with the responsibility of protecting life, property and the environment through fire suppression, hazardous materials mitigation and emergency medical services. Additionally, a good portion of their job is dedicated to improving their communities through fire prevention activities. Learn from experienced firefighters and practice skills using state-of-the-art training facilities and equipment. Obtaining a full-time firefighting job can be competitive, and an associate degree in a fire-service related field is becoming a minimum standard in hiring new firefighters.
- Prepare for jobs such as fire fighter, fire inspector, code enforcement officer/specialist, plans reviewer or fire service equipment sales.
- WCTC is designated as a Regional Fire Training Center and offers all levels of Wisconsin Firefighter Certification training.
- Being a member of a fire department is highly recommended but it is not an admissions requirement.
- Select program credits may transfer to other institutions. For a complete list of transfer credits, see the “credit transfer” section.
- The Fire Protection Technician program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
- Participation in the Fire Service Organization helps program students promote fire safety and prevention to the college and wider community, build stronger relationships among area fire departments and discuss employment opportunities and strategies.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $42,000-$52,000
- Average Salary: $48,267
- Median Salary: $50,800
- Average Entry-Level Salary: $42,000
- Average Hourly Wage: $15.52
- Three-year Average Salary: $42,791
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
Not required for graduation Required for Graduation
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
503-103 Fire Service Employ Strategies
Learn strategies for getting a job in the fire service field, and study the promotional process. Discuss trends in correspondence, employment applications, job interviewing, interpersonal skill development and promotional skills.
503-142 Fire Fighting Principles
Understand basic fire behavior, techniques used to control structural and related fire emergencies, and life safety practices. Perform all practical evaluations necessary to control and extinguish fires and otherwise meet all requirements for Firefighter 1 certification with the State of Wisconsin. This specific course number is not offered. Fire Protection Technician AAS program students should take the equivalent course, to meet the 531-142 graduation requirement/
503-153 HazMat Awareness & Ops
Examines characteristics relating to hazardous materials including problems of recognition and mitigation. Prepares students to pursue Hazardous Materials Technician Level.
531-110 Emergency Medical Technician/A
Train in the pre-hospital emergency care procedures that will qualify you for Wisconsin Licensure as an emergency medical technician. This course is the first of two required for licensure testing eligibility.
503-191 Principles of Emergency Svcs
This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives.
804-107 College Mathematics
Review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra; geometry and trigonometry; and probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures, and summarizing and analyzing data.
801-136 English Composition 1
This course is 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.
Approved Substitutes: 801-195 Written Communication
503-195 Fire Behavior and Combustion
This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled.
531-111 Emergency Medical Technician/B
Train in the pre-hospital emergency care procedures that will qualify you for Wisconsin Licensure as an emergency medical technician. This course is the second of two required for licensure testing eligibility.
503-151 Fire Prevention
Acquire fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, and identification and correction of fire hazards. This meets all requirements for the Fire Inspector 1 certification for the State of Wisconsin.
Approved Substitutes: 503-104 Fire Prevention
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Practice the necessary skills for effective speech delivery, listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, teamwork and general interpersonal communication.
806-178 Life Science Chemistry
Explore a wide range of topics, including inorganic and organic chemistry. During the inorganic portion of the course, study topics including measurements and conversions, matter and the kinetic molecular theory, periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, solubility, gases, problem-solving and solutions, equilibrium and acid-base behavior. The organic chemistry portion introduces chemical structure as well as physical and chemical behavior of organic molecules. Many of these topics are related to the field of animal science.
503-101 Legal Aspects of Fire Service
Gain an introduction to local, state and federal laws that that regulate emergency services; national standards influencing emergency services; standard of care; criminal law; tort law; liability; and a review of relevant court cases.
503-143 Building Construction
Provides the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety.
503-192 Principles Emer Svcs Sfty Surv
This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services.
809-103 Think Critically & Creatively
Gain instruction in the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking, which are in high demand in all of today?s occupations. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives are considered in depth. Learn to apply specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations.
809-197 Contemporary Amer Society
Examine the network of interdependent social systems, which affect learners as employees, family members and citizens. In this interdisciplinary course, study public policy issues that illustrate how our traditional institutions such as family, education, government, work and media are being changed by global, political, demographic, multicultural and technological trends. Use creative and critical thinking skills in evaluating information, making decisions, advocating positions and participating in the democratic process through an exploration of contemporary issues.
Approved Substitutes: 809-196 Intro to Sociology
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations
Examine the principles of interaction as applied to human relations at home and on the job. Explore topics such as self-concept, personality development, learning, motivation, emotions, stress, human relations processes and special relationships.
Approved Substitutes: 809-198 Intro to Psychology
503-158 Fire Tech & Communications
Learn various aspects of fire service communications, including dispatching, fire ground radio communications, 800 MHz radio systems, graphical information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and other communications and related technologies. Gain exposure to new and emerging fire service technologies.
503-194 Fire Protection Hydraulics
This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve supply problems.
Approved Substitutes: 503-140 Fire Protection Hydraulics; or 503-155 Fire Protection Hydraulics
503-154 Hazardous Materials Chemistry
This course provides basic chemistry relating to the categories of hazardous materials including recognition, identification, reactivity, and health hazards encountered by emergency service.
Approved Substitutes: 503-152 Hazardous Materials; or 503-108 Chemistry of Haz Materials
503-193 Fire Protection Systems
This course 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.
Approved Substitutes: 503-120 Fire Protection Systems; or 503-147 Fire Protection Systems
503-157 Fire Investigation
Acquire the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene investigations.
503-156 Strategies, Tactics & Inc Mgmt
Analyze the principles of emergency response through utilization of an incident management system.
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
There are currently no transcripted credit agreements for Fire Protection Technician. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
|Bellevue University||Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science||up to 70|
|Concordia University||Baccalaureate Degree||up to 80|
|Franklin University||Bachelor of Science: Public Safety Management||Junior Standing|
|Kaplan University||Bachelor of Science in Fire Science||Junior Standing|
|Marian University||Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security||up to 96|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts||up to 80|
|Silver Lake College||Bachelor of Science (various)||minimum of 60|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||BS in Fire Service Management||Minimum of 60|
|U of Phoenix||Bachelor of Science (various)||varies|
|Upper Iowa University||Bachelor of Science||up to 78|
|UW-Green Bay||Bachelor of Applied Studies Online||Junior Status|
|UW-Oshkosh||Bachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies||58|
|UW-Stout||Bachelor of Science in Management||up to 69|
|UW-Stout||B. S. Career, Technical Education & Training||up to 60|
|Waldorf College||BS in Fire Science Administration||Junior Standing|
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructor
- Executive Fire Officer, National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, MD
- BS, Fire Service Management, Southern Illinois University
- MS, Vocational Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
- Ph.D., Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Fire Instructor III
- Fire Officer I
- Firefighter III
- Fire Inspector
"Instruction to learners involves not only providing relevant, accurate and current information, but also creating an environment that encourages the learner to develop into a professional in their field of interest."