Fire Protection Technology (FPT)

Public Safety has become a major concern in our society, and the complex technology of fire prevention and protection is evolving rapidly. Career and volunteer fire service personnel as well as people employed in insurance, risk management, emergency services, and municipal services have an increasing need to stay informed about cutting edge technology and other trends in this field.

The Fire Protection Technology Program provides firefighters and related fire service personnel with specialized training. The curriculum has been developed by a local advisory committee to meet the needs of the area, including specialized fire science courses, as well as required liberal arts and science and general education courses. The program can be used as a basis for successful competition on municipal exams, volunteer fire company applications, and entry into a variety of industrial settings. Students are encouraged to meet with the Fire Science Program Chairperson to ensure their goals will be met.

Completion of this program does not preclude the student from pursuing a baccalaureate degree should he/she decide to do so. However, transfer policies vary from college to college and the student should be aware that additional course work in the general and liberal arts education area are likely to be required by the four-year institution.

An Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Students who successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Fire Protection Technology will be able to:

  • Define fire and combustion with its associated phenomenon and describe how to employ the proper extinguishing methods for all classes of fire;

  • Cite and explain all applicable OSHA regulations and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards;Recognize and articulate the different types of building construction and explain each one’s characteristics as it relates to fire and gravity;

  • Define and describe the fire suppression and detection systems currently employed in structures;

  • Create and apply various strategies and tactics, as appropriate, based on a variety of scenarios.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

 

First Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 101

Composition I

3

BHS 103

Social Problems in Today's World

3

MAT 184 OR

Algebra and Trig for Precalculus PR

3

MAT 132

Technical Mathematics II

 

FIR 100

Fire Science Introductory Seminar

1

FIR 102

Fundamentals of Fire Protection

3

FIR 104

Fundamentals of Fire Prevention

3

TOTAL

 

16


Second Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 102

Composition II

3

CHE 111 OR

Introduction to Chemistry I

4

CHE 121

General Chemistry I 

 

FIR 110

Fire Behavior and Combustion

3

FIR 112

Occupational Health and Safety

3

FIR 114

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

TOTAL

 

16


Third Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

EMB 105

Emergency Med Tech (a)

6

HIS 104, HIS 108, GOV 121

3

PHY 121

General Physics

4

FIR 204

Fire Protection Systems

3

TOTAL

 

16


Fourth Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

WFE 101

Lifetime Wellness and Fitness

3

FIR 212

Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

3

Fire Career Electives (b)

7

Free Elective (c)

 

3-4

TOTAL

 

16-17

 

 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

64


a. Current Certification acceptable for credits

b. Fire Career Elective applicable course are:

Selected New York State, Department of State, Office of Fire Prevention and Control’s (OFPC) Fire Training courses with verification testing.

Basic Firefighter Training (229 hour academy)

FIR 214, FIR 222, FIR 224, FIR 226, FIR 228, SPA 101,

SPE 101, PAR 207.

c. Read a full description of the free elective requirement.