Fire Protection Technician

Fire Protection Technician

Degree Type

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

10-503-2

Time to Degree

2 years

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn

Hybrid

Daytime

Firefighters protect life, property and the environment through fire suppression, hazardous materials mitigation and emergency medical services. They also improve their communities through fire prevention activities. Learn from experienced firefighters and practice skills using state-of-the-art training facilities and equipment. Being a member of a fire department is highly recommended, but it is not an admissions requirement.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2021 Start

  • Submit application by August 2, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by August 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Start

  • Submit application by January 5, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by January 11, 2021

Summer 2021 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Any computer or tablet
  • External keyboard and durable case (recommended)
  • EMSTESTING Access: $50
  • Premium Planner software: $30
  • EMT Kit: $53
  • Immunizations/health requirements: up to $500
  • Drug screen: $50
  • Uniform: up to $200
  • Testing fee (NREMT certification): $400
  • Firefighter physical examination: $270
  • State Fire Certifications: up to $300
  • May need CDL temporary license (free)

How to Apply

* The promo code is not valid for refund on a previously submitted app fee.

Questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

 

Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Outreach team by filling out our online form or by email at outreach@wctc.edu.

If you’re physically fit, devoted to saving lives and handle intense situations well, a career in firefighting may be right for you. Firefighters must communicate with other members of their team, and be flexible and adaptable. They need to have a take-charge attitude and make critical decisions in life-threatening conditions.

  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Inspector
  • Code Enforcement Specialist
  • Plans Reviewer
  • Fire Service Equipment Sales

$32,000 – $64,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?

1

WCTC is designated as a Regional Fire Training Center and offers all levels of Wisconsin Firefighter Certification training.

2

Students earn their Firefighter I and EMT certificates in the first year of this program.

3

The program is taught by subject matter experts, including many officers from local fire departments.

Accreditation

The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) – Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education program has determined that this program meets the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the NFA. WCTC’s program is just one of two in the state to hold this recognition.
U.S. Fire Administration

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Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

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Marian UniversityBS Homeland Securityup to 64, 10% tuition discount
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