SUNY Jefferson

Fire Protection Technology AAS

Program Type: Career
Delivery: On-campus 
Personal Interests: Public service, security and protection
Skills development: Crisis management, emergency planning, fire fighting
Career Options: Public service, government
Program Code: HEGIS 5507

Giving back to your community

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.

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. 

This program offers:

  • Preparation to be a fire fighter - paid or volunteer
  • Emergency management skills developed
  • Learn from and connect with local professionals
  • Access to  job and volunteer opportunities

What you can expect to learn

This degree offers a balance of focused and general courses across many areas. Specialized courses include Fire Investigation, Building Materials and Inspection, Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategies, and Counter Terrorism. Once you graduate you 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.

When you graduate from the Fire Protection Technology program with an A.A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Prepare written material in a fire service setting
  • Read, understand and interpret written information
  • Communicate effectively, orally and written
  • 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
  • Understand the organized structure of fire protection agencies

Expectations to enroll

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, instructor of criminal justice, 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% 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. 

Jobs that matter

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 many settings. No matter the location, your performance matters.

Going beyond your associate's degree

Although the program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce after completing the degree, you can choose to pursue a bachelor's degree. Many of your credits will transfer regardless where you go next.  Jefferson has a transfer agreement with SUNY Canton's Emergency Management B.T. for a smooth transition.  

Degree requirements for Fire Protection Technology A.A.S

Humanities (9 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 
Language Elective or STA 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication 

Social Sciences (3 credit hours)

SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology or PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 

Mathematics and Sciences (7 credit hours)

Laboratory Science 
MTH 125: Intermediate Algebra or higher 

Fire Protection Technology (35 credit hours)

FPT 105: Firefighting 1
FPT 205: Firefighting 2 
FPT 101: Principles of Emergency Services 
FPT 102: Building Construction for Fire Protection 
FPT 103: Fire Protection Systems 
FPT 108: Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply 
FPT 109: Fire Behavior and Combustion 
FPT 120: Introduction to Fire Prevention and Inspection 
FPT 121: Fire Instructor 1 
FPT 206: Fire Officer 2 
Fire Protection Technology Elective 

Liberal Arts Elective (3 credit hours) 

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

PED 192:Physical Conditioning 
Physical Education elective

HEA 102: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (1 credit hour)


TOTAL 60 credit hours

Program contacts

Paul Alteri
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
(315) 786-2442

Charles Ruggiero
Instructor of Criminal Justice
(315) 786-2452

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522