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Fire Protection Technology Certificate

The Program (HEGIS Code 5507)

The purpose of this program is to provide the student with the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to become an effective firefighter. The course material is appropriate for those seeking entry into either the paid or volunteer firefighting profession, or for those already serving in such capacities. All course work may be applied toward the associate degree requirements at a later date. Students can complete the program in one year of full time study or on a part-time basis over an extended period of time.

The field of firefighting is widely varied, containing many diverse job descriptions and opportunities. Many skills will be obtained in this course of study that are applicable to both transfer students and those seeking employment after graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Fire Protection Technology program with a certificate will be able to:

  • Prepare written material in a fire service setting;
  • Read, understand and interpret written information;
  • Apply written information in the form of incident reports, policies,  procedures, directives, etc., to situations that are similar to experiences faced in the fire protection system;
  • Communicate effectively; and
  • Understand the organized structure of fire protection agencies.

Assessment of competence in these areas will be measured through the use of examination questions and/or practical exercises.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities involve such areas as structural, wild land and aircraft firefighting, and other disciplines within the fire protection career field. A number of related fields are open to graduates who are interested in the fields of commercial and industrial safety, building construction and inspection, and public safety.


Certificate Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) Credit Hours
Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)  
ENG 100 – College Composition or ENG 101 – Research and Composition  3
FPT 101 – Principles of Emergency Services 3
FPT 102 – Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FPT 108 – Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply 3
Fire Protection Technology Electives (FPT) (18 Credit Hours) 18


For More Information

Paul Alteri, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Charles Ruggiero, Public Safety Education Coordinator

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522