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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.

Note: In order to enroll in the program students MUST fulfill the following 

  • Be a current member of a volunteer fire department or
  • Possess acceptable turnout gear and secure sufficient liability insurance
  • and have transportation as required by the student's volunteer fire department.

If you are not a current member of a volunteer fire department, limited opportunities are available to participate in a bunk-in program with a Volunteer Fire Department.  For further information about this opportunity, please contact Mr. Charles Ruggiero, Public Safety Education Coordinator, at or 315-786-2452.

Tuition Reimbursement

The Firefighter's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has developed the Higher Education Learning Plan (FASNY HELP). This program provides tuition reimbursement to individuals attending community college for up to 80 credit hours.

Under FASNY HELP, student-volunteers are eligible to have up to 100 percent of their tuition reimbursed in exchange for maintaining their grades and fulfilling defined service requirements. They must also be a “member in good standing” in one of New York’s volunteer fire companies during both their school years and service payback period.

Contact the Public Safety Education Coordinator or Public Safety Department Chair for additional information.

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 Spring 2017)
Credit Hours
Humanities (9 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition    3
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing   3
Language Elective or STA 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
Social Sciences (3 Credit Hours):  
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology or PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
Mathematics and Sciences (7 Credit Hours)  
Any Laboratory Science 4
MTH 125: Intermediate Algebra or higher  3
Fire Protection Technology (35 Credit Hours)  
FPT 105: Firefighting 1 6
FPT 205: Firefighting 2 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: Introduction to Fire Prevention and Inspection 3
FPT 121: Fire Instructor 1 3
FPT 206: Fire Officer 2 3
Fire Protection Technology Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective (3 Credit Hours) 3
Physical Education (2 Credit Hours)* 2
HEA 102:  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1

*Effective spring 2019, PED 192:Physical Conditioning is required in the Fire Protection A.A.S. degree.


For More Information

Paul Alteri, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Charles Ruggiero, Public Safety Education Coordinator

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522