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

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.