Fire Protection Technology
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Program Description

In an increasingly complex world of changing technologies, synthetic materials and budget crises, the fire chief and line officers must not only be an authority on fire suppression and prevention, but must also be skilled in the fields of management, manpower utilization and personnel development. The Fire Protection Technology curriculum combines all the elements necessary to prepare the paid and volunteer fire fighting professional. The objectives of this program are to:

  • promote effective fire fighting strategies;
  • develop qualities of leadership necessary in fire administration and supervision; and
  • provide firefighters, officers and chiefs with a comprehensive background and updated information in the fire protection area, with an emphasis on the management and administration of fire departments large and small.

This curriculum introduces students to the latest techniques of fire fighting and fire prevention, and employs faculty members from among the ranks of the fire fighting community. Lectures, demonstrations, field trips and discussions will lead the student through the basics of fire protection equipment and building construction, radiological theory resource typing, grant writing, fire investigations, handling of hazardous materials, and handling terrorist situations. Fire operations strategy gives the students an opportunity to utilize all the acquired skills and to improve them through the information acquired in the management and leadership courses.

The Fire Protection Technology Program courses and the general studies courses combine to prepare the firefighter, fire officer and fire investigator for the challenges of modern day fire fighting. Graduates of this curriculum are qualified to accept leadership positions as fire officers, chiefs, marshals, arson investigators and safety officers in both the public and private sectors.

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Hegis: 5507
Curriculum Code: 0639
Campus Location: South
Business & Public Service Division

Available at:

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
2 Years of Math
2 Years of Science

Recommended H.S. Courses And/Or Experiences:

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Firefighting Agencies
Insurance Firms


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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