FIRE PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY

A.A.S. DEGREE

Description
Fire Protection Technology AAS degree is designed to explore the application of technology to the field of fire protection. The curriculum prepares students to meet the challenges of contemporary problems in the fire protection disciplines. Employment and advancement opportunities for graduates are found in both the municipal and industrial fire protection field, marketing and support of fire suppression and detection systems, and safety departments of mid to large size companies. Most Fire Protection courses meet in the evening.
(Housed in the PSTF-Emergency Management)


Program Learning Outcomes
1) Explain the history of the Fire Service from its inception and identify key events that have impacted the development of the present day Fire Service
2) Describe the basic science of fire
3) Compare the different types of building construction and explain the characteristics of each and how they affect fire protection
4) Characterize and operate fire detection and suppression systems
5) Perform a basic fire inspection and outline steps to increase life safety
6) Apply theoretical knowledge of hydraulic principles as they relate to the fire service
7) Promote health and wellness in the fire service
8) Initiate and employ the Incident Command System
9) Apply the basic principles of fire investigation and evidence preservation
10) Formulate an incident action plan utilizing fire suppression strategy and tactics
11) Apply principles of occupational health and safety to the fire service


Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).


Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER:15 Credit Hours

FPT 101 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FPT 102 Fire Prevention and Inspection 3
ENG 101 College Composition
3
MTH 104 OR MTH 135 OR MTH 140 OR MTH 141 OR MTH 150 OR MTH 160 or higher
3
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE 3
Total
15
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours

FPT 103 Building Materials and Construction 3
FPT 105 History of the Fire Service 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
3
PUBLIC SAFETY ELECTIVE 3
HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 1
Total
16
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 CREDIT HOURS
FPT 211 Fire Investigation: Cause and Origin 3
FPT 215 Hazardous Materials Technician 3
FPT 216 Fire Service Instructor I 3
ELECTIVE* 3
ELECTIVE* 3
Total15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 CREDIT HOURS
FPT 212 Fire Service Hydraulics
3
FPT 204 Fire Service Strategy and Tactics
3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
3
PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics
3
PUBLIC SAFETY ELECTIVE
3
HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE
1
Total
16
TOTAL CREDITS
62

*Students should select electives based on individual career goals and advisement. For example, students seeking a bachelor degree should use the electives to meet entrance requirements for the school/program they desire admission to. Some students may wish to strengthen their management skills, meet NFPA firefighter certification(s) requirements, meet NFPA officer certification(s) requirements, or concentrate in specific disciplines.