Fire Protection Technician

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Program Information

  • Location: Oak Creek Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 10-503-2
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Fire Protection Technician Degree


This program prepares you for employment in the fire service and for fire-related duties within private industry. The program also instructs current firefighters and officers on changes within the fire service. Students will have the opportunity to obtain three Wisconsin fire certifications.

As fire technology becomes more complex, the responsibilities and challenges a firefighter assumes are increasingly demanding. Therefore, well-trained and educated firefighters are sought by public and private entities.

You can earn the Emergency Medical Technician technical diploma on the way to completing this associate degree.

Additional program details: Core abilities include the ability to work under stress, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, respect diversity, demonstrate responsibility, think critically and utilize technology. Also important for success in the program are a good mechanical aptitude and excellent physical condition with no restrictions.

Students 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 into most departments.



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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
 ENG-195 Written Communication ‡ 
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
FIRE-143 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FIRE-191 Principles of Emergency Services 2
FIRE-192 Principles of Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
FIRE-193 Fire Protection Systems 3

Gen Anatomy & Physiology ‡
(or) BIOSCI-201 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ‡

ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
FIRE-142 Firefighting Principles 4
FIRE-153 Hazmat Awareness and Operations 1
FIRE-156 Strategies, Tactics and Incident Management ‡ 3
EMS-192 EMT ^ 5
FIRE-114 Employability Skills ‡ 3
FIRE-144 Advanced Firefighting Principles ‡ 2
FIRE-194 Fire Protection Hydraulics ‡ 3
SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) SOCSCI-217 Valuing Diversity
FIRE-151 Fire Prevention ‡ 4
FIRE-154 Hazmat Chemistry ‡ 2
FIRE-157 Fire Investigation ‡ 3
FIRE-195 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations 
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course



‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Emergency Medical Technician technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
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Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying personal code of ethics, positive work ethics, flexibility, teamwork skills, physical fitness, safe procedures, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals
  • Perform fire prevention activities including preplanning, public education, inspection, and investigation
  • Apply incident management and mitigation skills to emergency incidents
  • Meet professional fire and EMS credentialing standards
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies, and supervisors
  • Apply critical thinking skills to both emergency and non-emergency situations

Career Outlook

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.

Possible Careers

Emergency Medical Technician
Industrial Fire Prevention
Industrial Safety

Admission Requirements

  • Age 17 and older
  • Students entering the program must have an official high school or GED/HSED transcript
  • Background check and medical exam

One year of high school-level chemistry (minimum grade C) is recommended.

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.



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Last updated: 03/22/2024