Fire Protection Technology (A.A.S.)

Our program offers the theoretical and scientific knowledge to complement the hands-on fire training of volunteer and career fire fighters. The courses provide a broad background for students who are interested in working in related fields such as plant protection, insurance and government agencies. The general education courses enables students to improve their communication skills and to gain further understanding of the society in which they will be working.

The only one of its kind in the Greater Capital Region of New York State, SUNY Schenectady’s Fire Protection Technology degree offers courses that are taught by field experts in areas like Fire Prevention, Fire Investigation, Fire Codes and Enforcement, Fire Administration, Hazardous Materials, and Industrial Fire Protection. For the convenience of students that travel a substantial distance, volunteer at their local fire company, and/or work, SUNY Schenectady’s Fire Protection Technology courses are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday late in the afternoons and evenings. Students need to be on the SUNY Schenectady County Community College campus just twice a week during a semester to maintain full-time status with 12 or more credits.

Typical positions for which graduates may qualify are fire fighter, fire prevention inspector, codes enforcement officer, training technician, safety supervisor, safety representative, investigator, loss adjuster, and risk appraiser

The Fire Protection Technology A.A.S. degree provides training in appropriate theoretical, scientific, and organizational fire service knowledge. Graduates can use their knowledge to compete on civil service examinations, volunteer for service, and apply for entry-level work in industry. The program prepares graduates to:

Goal I: Demonstrate a proficiency in workforce skills.

  • Communicate within professional and academic environments, both orally and in writing, using the appropriate English conventions
  • Identify and utilize appropriate technologies and software
  • Locate and evaluate information from a variety of print and electronic resources
  • Analyze and present scientific data in a variety of formats

Goal II: Describe the origin and present organization of the Fire Service.

  • Examine the history and evolution of the Fire Service in the United States
  • Identify local, state, and national organizations involved in the creation and enforcement of Fire Service standards
  • Identify Fire Service and emergency management careers

Goal III: Define Fire Service operations.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fire prevention, suppression, and protection systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fire behavior and combustion
  • Define firefighting tactics and fire investigation principles

Goal IV: Evaluate hazards and risks.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of hazardous materials
  • Assess appropriate hazardous materials storage and remediation techniques