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Fire Protection Technician
Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Technology and Applied Sciences
Oak Creek Campus
Program Code: 10-503-2


For Information:
414-571-4500

Overview — The Fire Protection Technician program prepares students for employment in the fire service and/or for fire-related duties within private industry. The objectives of the program are twofold: to instruct qualified high school graduates who are seeking a career in the fire service and to update firefighters and officers on changes within the fire service.

 

Students will have the opportunity to obtain three Wisconsin Fire certifications and a Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician license, which exceeds most entry-level firefighter requirements and will help prepare the graduate for career advancement. In addition, successful completion of the class FIRE-152 awards an MATC Hazardous Materials Technician certification.

Students also are given the opportunity to practice oral interviewing techniques, develop a résumé and take a candidate physical agility test (CPAT), which is recognized as the minimum physical standard for entry onto most departments. Core abilities include the ability to work under stress, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, respect diversity, demonstrate responsibility, think critically and utilize technology.


Career Outlook — Fire technology is becoming more complex, and the challenges and responsibilities that a firefighter assumes are becoming increasingly demanding. Therefore, well-trained and educated firefighters are being sought by public and private concerns alike. Providing that a candidate can pass the required medical, physical and written tests, a typical program graduate exceeds entry-level firefighter requirements and is better prepared for career advancement through competitive examination. Opportunities also are available within private industry.

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect program graduates to:

  • Identify and solve firefighting problems
  • Apply tactics and strategies to emergency fire incidents
  • Utilize personal protective equipment
  • Demonstrate fire safety procedures
  • Determine causes of fires
  • Demonstrate knowledge of arson investigation procedures
  • Identify and respond to emergencies related to hazardous materials
  • Demonstrate ability to function as a member of a team
  • Demonstrate physical fitness

 

Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • Age 17 and older
  • Students entering the program must have an official high school or GED/HSED transcript, and an ACT or Accuplacer test score above the program minimum
  • Background check and medical exam
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

Special Note — Each student enrolled in the Fire Protection Technician degree program will be required to take classes for which a State of Wisconsin criminal and driving background check and specific immunization(s) will be required at the student’s expense. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will preclude the student from being able to fulfill the requirements of the Fire Protection Technician associate degree.

Also important for success in the program are a good mechanical aptitude and excellent physical condition with no restrictions. One year of high school-level chemistry (minimum grade C) is recommended.

 

Future Opportunities — If you are interested in a baccalaureate degree upon completion of the program, check with a program counselor or advisor, and the institution you plan to attend regarding the transfer of MATC credits.

 

Possible Careers:
Firefighter
Emergency Medical Technician
Industrial Fire Prevention
Industrial Safety


Related Programs:
Criminal Justice — Law Enforcement
Emergency Medical Technician

 

Start Dates: August/January

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2013-14. 

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

 

FIRE-139

Principles of Emergency Services

3

 

(1)

 

FIRE-147

Fire Protection Systems

4

 

(1)

 

FIRE-143

Building Construction

3

 

(2)

 

FIRE-142

Firefighting Principles

4

 

(2)


FIRE-156

Strategies, Tactics and Incident Management ‡

4


(2)


FIRE-151

Fire Prevention ‡

4


(3)

 

EMS-192

Emergency Medical Technician Basic ‡

5

 

(3)

 

FIRE-152

Hazardous Materials ‡

4

 

(3)

 

FIRE-114

Employability Skills ‡

3

 

(3)


FIRE-109

Emergency and Disaster Planning ‡

3


(4)

 

FIRE-157

Fire Investigation ‡

3

 

(4)

 

FIRE-116

Fire Department Management ‡

2

 

(4)


FIRE-155

Fire Protection Hydraulics ‡

4


GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

 



 

OR Any 200-series ECON Course




 


ENG-151 and


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 


 

ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

 

OR ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 


 


MATH-107


College Mathematics ‡


3

 

 

 

 

OR Any 200-series MATH course

 

 




NATSCI-177


General Anatomy and Physiology


4



 



PSYCH-199



Psychology of Human Relations



3

 

 

 

 

OR Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 


 


SOCSCI-172


Introduction to Diversity Studies


3

 

 

 

 

OR SOCSCI-217 Valuing Diversity

 

 

           

 

 

ELECTIVES

Recommended Electives: Two Credits Needed  

     2

 

 

 

FIRE-104

Fire Internship ‡


 

 

 

FLANG-117

Conversational Spanish for Service Occupations


 

 

 

PHYED-210

An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness


 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 70

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL EDUCATION courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated July 2013.