Fire Protection Technician

Fire Protection Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars. We don’t even want to imagine a world without firefighters to help protect the public against these dangers and a variety of other threats to our safety.

A Closer Look

Although firefighters carry hoses, climb ladders, and enter burning buildings, more frequently they respond to other emergencies and rescue efforts. They are often the first to arrive at the scene of a traffic accident or medical emergency and may be called upon to treat injuries or perform other vital functions. During downtime, firefighters clean and maintain equipment, learn new skills, conduct practice drills, and work on physical fitness.

In any case, this complex and dangerous work requires organization and teamwork. It also demands clear thinking and decisive action in an emergency.

What You'll Learn

Firefighters are known for taking quick action and performing under pressure, and Mid-State's Fire Protection Technician program prepares students to be successful in this challenging role. Graduates learn the knowledge and techniques needed to save life and property during fires, medical emergencies, and other hazards.

This program will expose you to realistic simulations, inside and outside the classroom. You will train on our state-of-the-art burn tower, fire engines, and other high-tech equipment. Developed in partnership with local fire departments, this program ensures you have a competitive edge when starting your career, and local demand for highly skilled firefighters is rising.


  • Firefighter
  • Firefighter/EMT
  • Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Fire Inspector
  • Special Hazards Technician

Your Instructors

Mid-State’s instructors have years of experience in the fields they teach, and they share that knowledge through expert instruction and hands-on learning. This unmatched technical and professional expertise, when paired with small class sizes, means you’ll leave Mid-State confident in the fact that you have the knowledge and skills employers are looking for in the people they hire.

“The fire instructors at Mid-State are all experienced, coming from both the career and volunteer ranks. Our instructors have many different areas of specialization in fire, hazardous materials, and technical rescue and are experts in educating and training the future of the fire service.” –Rick Anderson, Associate Dean

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $10,451.70
  • Books: $2,213.70
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $420.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $13,085.40

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10503143 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3.00
10503191 Principles of Emergency Services 2.00
10503192 Principles of Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3.00
10531940 EMT Foundations 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
(17 Credits)
Term: 2
10503142 Fire Fighting Principles 4.00
10503153 Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations 1.00
10503195 Fire Behavior & Combustion 3.00
10531941 EMT Applications 2.00
10806134 General Chemistry 4.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
(17 Credits)
Term: 3
10503103 Hazardous Materials Applications 2.00
10503112 Advanced Firefighting 3.00
10503151 Fire Prevention 4.00
10503154 Hazardous Materials Chemistry 2.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
(17 Credits)
Term: 4
10503101 Technical Rescue Principles 3.00
10503156 Strategies, Tactics, & Incident Management 4.00
10503157 Fire Investigation 3.00
10503193 Fire Protection Systems 3.00
10503194 Fire Protection Hydraulics 3.00
10801197 Technical Reporting 3.00
(19 Credits)
Total Credits: 70