Fire Protection Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Fire Protection Technician?

  • Combine your skills with clear thinking and quick action to help protect the public against threats to safety and property.
  • A great career for people with strong organization and teamwork.
  • The constant changes and growing complexities of modern life and the environment are increasing demand for college-trained people in the fire-service field.
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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.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Fire Protection Technician program. If you have questions, please contact us at 888.575.6782.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

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.

Certain courses in Mid-State's Fire Protection Technician program prepare students to obtain state certification to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $10,573.05
  • Books: $1,973.25
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $708.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $13,254.30

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10503191 Principles of Emergency Services 2
  10503142 Firefighting Principles  4
  10503153 Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations  1
  10503143 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
  10804107 College Mathematics  3
  10531940 EMT Foundations 3
  Term Total   16 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10503112 Advanced Firefighting Practices 3
  10503195 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
  10503192 Principles of Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
  10531941 EMT Applications 2
  10806134 General Chemistry  4
  10809198 Introduction to Psychology  3
  Term Total   18 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10503123 Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services 3
  10503151 Fire Prevention 4
  10503107 Firefighter Capstone 2
  10801136 English Composition 1  3
  10809166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application  3
  Term Total   15 Credits
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10503156 Strategies, Tactics, & Incident Management  4
  10503111 Driver/Operator - Pumper  3
  10503193 Fire Protection Systems 3
  10503108 Firefighter Health and Fitness 2
  10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
-or- 10801198 Speech  3
  Term Total   15 Credits
  Program Total   64 Credits



In addition to a bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency response management from the UW–Oshkosh and a master’s in education for UW–Stout, Brandon also holds a variety of fire and emergency services certifications as well as an e-learning and online teaching graduate certificate. He started his career as a firefighter/EMT after serving four years in the US Navy as an aircraft mechanic. Brandon has served as a paid-on-call firefighter/EMT for the City of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, and a career firefighter/EMT with the City of Rochester, Minnesota. To keep current with knowledge, skills, and abilities, he currently serves as a part-time as firefighter/EMT for De Pere Fire Rescue.

"The words of Mark vonAppen capture a core principle of what I seek to instill in my students: “The nature of our business is to respond to chaos. The manner in which we prepare should never be.'”


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

"Before this program, many firefighters we hired were from outside the area. This new Mid-State program will give us a local source of quality firefighters.”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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Fire Protection Technician Program Pathway