— The Fire Protection Technician associate degree 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 four Wisconsin certifications, which exceeds most entry-level firefighter requirements and will prepare them for career advancement. In addition, successful completion of the Hazardous Materials course (FIRE-152) awards an MATC Hazardous Materials certification. Students also are given the opportunity to practice interviewing techniques, develop a resume, and take a candidate physical agility test (CPAT), which is recognized as the minimum physical standard for entry into 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.
— 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 you as a program graduate to be able to:
- Apply skills to identify and solve firefighting problems
- Apply tactics and strategies to emergency fire incidents
- Utilize fire protective equipment
- Demonstrate fire safety procedures
- Determine causes of fires
- Demonstrate knowledge of arson investigation procedures
- Respond to emergencies related to hazardous materials
- Demonstrate ability to function as a member of a team
- Demonstrate physical fitness and health consciousness
Additional courses in chemistry and other sciences would be helpful. A good mechanical aptitude is also important. Because fire fighting is a physically demanding career that requires you to pass a rigorous physical endurance examination, you should be in excellent physical condition and have no disabilities that would preclude you from admission into fire service.
— 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.