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Fire Protection Technology A.A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5507)

Public safety is a major concern in our society, and Jefferson Community College recognizes the need to support our community in an area that directly impacts public safety - Fire Protection Technology.

JCC understands that professional and volunteer firefighters, as well as people employed in emergency management services, have a critical need to stay informed and expand their skills and knowledge in the area of fire protection technology. It is also understood that the recruitment, training, and retention of employees in emergency management services is critical to the community. The purpose of this A.A.S. Program is to provide area firefighters and related service personnel with specialized training. This program is also open to individuals interested in firefighting as a career path.

This degree offers a balance of liberal arts and science courses, comprising work distributed in the humanities, the natural sciences and mathematics, and the social sciences, as well as a concentration in fire protection technology and related coursework. Specialized courses include Fire Investigation, Building Materials and Inspection, Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategies, and Counter Terrorism. Graduates of this program will be able to provide emergency fire service, emergency medical service, emergency rescue service, emergency hazardous material service, and non-emergency services (such as code enforcement and equipment status records); maintain facilities; and participate in public relations activities (such as presentations, parades, and tours).

This curriculum follows International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certification standards and is nationally accredited by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Fire Protection Technology program with an A.A.S. degree will be able to:

  • Prepare written material in a fire service setting;
  • Read, understand and interpret written information;
  • Apply written information in the form of incident reports, policies,  procedures, directives, etc., to situations that are similar to experiences faced in the fire protection system;
  • Communicate effectively; and
  • Understand the organized structure of fire protection agencies.

Assessment of competence in these areas will be measured through the use of examination questions and/or practical exercises.

Career Opportunities

Safeguarding individuals and property from fires offers rewarding career opportunities to people with many and varied skills. Firefighters use their requisite skills to respond to emergencies in a variety of locations:

  • Residential
  • Business/industry/farms
  • Transportation/vehicles
  • Medical facilities
  • Forests

They prevent fires by making fire inspections and enforcing laws and codes enacted at all levels of government. Firefighters also provide fire prevention education for adults and children, investigate fires, control arson, and train others in fire fighting procedures and fire prevention measures. In the fire insurance business, they may assess rates, write policies, and remove hazards.

Transfer Opportunities

Although the program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce after completing the Associate degree, many of our graduates choose to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, a formal agreement exists with SUNY Canton, Emergency Management B.T.

Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2014)
Credit Hours
   
Humanities (9 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition    3
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing   3
Language Elective or STA 101 3
   
Social Sciences (3 Credit Hours):  
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology or PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
   
Mathematics and Sciences (7 Credit Hours)  
CHE 107: Introduction to Chemistry 1 or CHE 131: General Chemistry 1 4
MTH 125: Intermediate Algebra or higher  3
   
Fire Protection Technology (33 Credit Hours)  
FPT 105: Firefighting I 6
FPT 205: Firefighting II 2
FPT 101: Principles of Emergency Services   3
FPT 102: Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FPT 103: Fire Protection Systems 3
FPT 108: Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply 3
FPT 109: Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FPT 120: Fire Prevention 3
FPT 121 Fire Instructor I 3
FPT 206 Fire Officer I 3
Fire Protection Technology Elective 3
   
Liberal Arts Elective 3
   
Physical Education 2
   
HEA 102 1
   
TOTAL 60

 

For More Information

Cynthia Shelmidine, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
cshelmidine@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2441

Charles Ruggiero, Public Safety Education Coordinator
cruggiero@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2452

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522