Fire Protection Technician

70-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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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

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 503-103 Fire Service Employ Strategies1  
 503-142 Fire Fighting Principles4  
 503-153 HazMat Awareness & Ops1  
 531-110 Emergency Medical Technician/A3  
 503-191 Principles of Emergency Svcs2  
 804-107 College Mathematics3+ 
 801-136 English Composition 13+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 503-195 Fire Behavior and Combustion3  
 531-111 Emergency Medical Technician/B2  
 503-151 Fire Prevention4 *
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 806-178 Life Science Chemistry5  
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 503-101 Legal Aspects of Fire Service3  
 503-143 Building Construction3  
 503-192 Principles Emer Svcs Sfty Surv3  
 809-103 Think Critically & Creatively3  
 809-197 Contemporary Amer Society3 *
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 503-158 Fire Tech & Communications3  
 503-194 Fire Protection Hydraulics3 *
 503-154 Hazardous Materials Chemistry2 *
 503-193 Fire Protection Systems3 *
 503-157 Fire Investigation3  
 503-156 Strategies, Tactics & Inc Mgmt4  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

Not required for graduation Required for Graduation

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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


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 70
Colorado State University-Global CampusBachelor Degreeup to 64
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science: Public Safety ManagementJunior Standing
Kaplan UniversityBachelor of Science in Fire ScienceJunior Standing
Marian UniversityBachelor of Science in Homeland Securityup to 96
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
Southern Illinois University CarbondaleBS in Fire Service ManagementMinimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies58
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 69
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
Waldorf CollegeBS in Fire Science AdministrationJunior 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

Program instructor, Thomas K. Schlei

Thomas K. Schlei

Phone: 262.691.5187


  • 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
  • Driver/Operator
  • Fire Inspector

Teaching Philosophy

"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."