Fire Protection Technology AAS
SUNY Jefferson
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Fire Protection Technology AAS

Firefighters on the job

The college is not accepting applications for this program at this time.

Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Public service, security and protection
  • Skill Building: 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 Steve Sullivan, at, or (315) 767-3071. 

Tuition reimbursement

The Firemen'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.

Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday


Degree requirements for Fire Protection Technology A.A.S.

Effective Spring 2019

Fire Protection Technology Requirements (35 credit hours)
Fire Protection Technology Requirements (35 credit hours) Credit Hours
FPT 105: Firefighting 1 6
FPT 205: Firefighting 2 2
FPT 121: Fire Instructor 1 3
FPT 206: Fire Officer 1 3
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
Fire Protection Technology Elective 3
Liberal Arts Requirements (22 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (22 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition  3
MTH 125: Intermediate Algebra or higher 3
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology or
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology
Language Elective or 
STA 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Laboratory Science 4
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Health Requirement (1 credit hour)
Health Requirement (1 credit hour) Credit Hours
HEA 102: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
Physical Education Requirements (2 credit hours)
Physical Education Requirements (2 credit hours) Credit Hours
PED 192: Physical Conditioning 1
Physical Education Elective 1

 Total Credit Hours 60

Program Contacts

Dr. Leah Deasy

Chair of the School of Public Services
(315) 786-6568

Dr. Mark Streiff

Interim Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division 
(315) 786-6542

Stephen Sullivan

(315) 767-3071