Fire Protection Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Training: Prepares you for a position with the fire service.

Pathways: Completing the CP can be a step toward the Fire Protection Technology AAS, or the Paramedic Technology AAS

Jobs: Firefighter who earn the CP may help their chances for promotion before they can complete the AAS

Earn this certificate at Forest Park. General education classes can be taken at any of our campuses or education centers.

To Protect and Serve The Public: The science of fire protection is a noble profession. Firefighting is a tough business, and firefighters—some say more than most professions—need to possess a wide range of skills and talent, plus a great deal of personal character. According to some, the typical traits of an exceptional firefighter include integrity, physical fitness, good people skills, flexibility, dedication, mechanical aptitude, tolerance and self-sacrifice, plus good vision and problem-solving skills. A skilled firefighter is trained in a range of duties, knows how to follow a chain-of-command and is willing to protect and serve the public. If these traits describe what you are looking for in a profession, then the Fire Protection Technology program is a great place to fulfill your dream of becoming a fire protection professional.

About the Program: This program is designed to train individuals who want to become a firefighter and those who are currently in the field and want to upgrade their skills. Students will become familiar with inspection techniques, municipal safety codes and ordinances, insurance regulations, alarm systems, hydraulics and structures. The program also encompasses fire department management and procedures, water supplies, methods of calculation and supervision and property inspection for the application of fire codes and insurance company requirements. Students may pursue an associate in applied science degree path that includes 62 credit-hours of study, or a certificate of proficiency that includes 30 credit-hours of study.

Opportunities in the Field: Graduates of this program may apply to fire departments to train to become firefighters. Most must pass a written exam, a series of interviews and a physical exam.

Some cities, towns and municipalities require firefighters with Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training. You may take EMT training through the Forest Park campus at the William J. Harrison Center.

Some firefighters go on to receive further training and enter the field of fire investigations and inspection. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects job growth for this profession from 2012-2022 at around 7 percent annually.


Upon graduation, students receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Fire Protection Technology.

Lecture/Hands-on Training: As a student you’ll start the program and be immersed in the world of firefighting and protection.

Classroom instruction includes:

  • Fire Tactics and Strategy
  • Fire Apparatus
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Inspection
  • Investigation
  • Fire Prevention
  • Building Construction
  • Hydraulics
  • Alarm Systems
  • Fire Service Management

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

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The hotel and restaurant industry is the second largest industry in St. Louis.

  • Fire Departments
  • Industrial Safety
  • Fire Departments
  • Industrial Safety Teams
  • Hazardous Materials Cleanup
  • Inspection Services

Job Resources:

  • For information on the job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
  • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
  • STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants.

Salary Information: Individual salaries vary by geographic location, the firefighter’s experience, education and the type and size of the employer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median wage of a firefighter is more than $45,000 per year nationwide.

Gainful Employment Data

STLCC provides a top quality education at a much more affordable cost than for-profit institutions.

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Phone: 314-763-6032



Admission Process

  • All applicants for the Fire Protection Technology program must first be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
  • Applications for this program are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year. 

Prior to application, we recommend that you meet with an STLCC academic advisor. The advisor can help you plan your courses, clarify program requirements, and review your academic history as it relates to this program.

Fire Protection Technology (AAS) 69-70 Credits, (CP) 33 Credits

Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program Total: 69-70 credits
I. Career General Education 21 credits
CHM:114 Industrial Chemistry 3
COM:101 Oral Communication I 3
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
ENG:103 Report Writing 3
MTH:124 Technical Math 3
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
SOC:101 Introduction to Sociology 3
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 46-47 credits
FIR:100 Fire Department Apparatus 2
FIR:102 Fire Characteristics 3
FIR:103 Fire Service Management and
FIR:105 Inspection and Fire Prevention 3
FIR:106 Teaching Techniques for Fire
Department Personnel
FIR:110 Basic Fire Protection and Alarm Systems 3
FIR:111 Fire Fighter I 4
FIR:112 Fire Fighter II 4
FIR:202 Fire Investigation 3
FIR:204 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy 3
FIR:205 Fire Science Hydraulics 3
FIR:207 Codes and Ordinances 3
FIR:208 Hazardous Materials 3
FIR:210 Architectural Structural
IS:103 Information Systems for Business (or)
IS:151 Microcomputer Applications in
Program Total: 33 credits
FIR:xxx Approved Fire Protection Courses 18
MTH:124 Technical Mathematics I 3
PSI:101 Physical Science Lecture I (or)
CHM:114 Industrial Chemistry 3
XXX:xxx Approved electives from AAS (3) 9


Related Programs

Fire Protection Technology CP

Paramedic Technology AAS

Emergency Medical Technology CS


STLCC’s Fire Protection Technology’s Advisory Board brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two-year renewable terms, and STLCC’s faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete this program?

Two years, including the summer.

What do firefighters do?

Firefighters primarily are responsible for controlling and extinguishing fires, fire prevention, fire investigation, building code enforcement, and management. They handle the apparatus and equipment necessary to perform the job.


The Fire Protection Technology program is offered at our Forest Park campus. However, for added convenience, students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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