Fire Protection Technician

Held up as heroes by many, firefighters risk their lives to save others and at Blackhawk Technical College we are proud to offer exceptional training opportunities in fire protection, fire prevention and fire engineering that will prepare you for a career that focuses on saving lives.

The honor of becoming a firefighter is sought by many which is why this program offers students the chance to earn a degree through a wide range of learning options including online or face to face classes, flexible labs and even using our interactive television course system.  

A fire protection technician is a highly-skilled specialist with a unique blend of technical knowledge, management abilities, and public education and communication skills. Graduates are ideally suited to careers in public and private fire protection. Another area of employment opportunity exists in the field of sales and service with companies which manufacture and distribute fire protection equipment and related supplies. Expanding industrialization and population growth have created new fire problems which must be solved. In this area, the fire protection technician can be part of the team to design and research the answers to solve these problems which are making many demands upon communities, business, and industry.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying a personal code of ethics, positive work ethics, flexibility, teamwork skills, physical fitness, safe procedures, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals
  • Perform fire prevention activities including preplanning, public education, inspection, and investigation
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies and supervisors
  • Apply incident management skills to emergency incidents
  • Meet professional fire and EMS credentialing standards
  • This series is for all who wish to be certified by the State of Wisconsin. The emphasis is on skilled hands-on training. All classes require a Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) test for certification at the completion of each course.

Information Meetings

Students are strongly advised to attend a program information meeting prior to registering for program courses. Topics included in these meetings include:

  • College application and admission
  • Financial aid
  • Course registration
  • Health requirements and background check
  • Classes and schedules
  • Program policy and procedure

Information Meeting dates for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year:

  • March 14, 2017 5:30 PM, North Commons (Room 1400 B)
Meetings are typically one hour.