The Fire Protection Technology program provides technical and professional knowledge for individuals interested in fire service careers. The program also enables the graduate to develop the management and supervisory skills needed in fire service.
Classroom and laboratory exercises introduce the student to various fire hazards, fire prevention problems, and fire service administrative issues. The student learns technical skills such as calculating pump hydraulics, investigating arson scenes, applying firefighting strategies, and treating and disposing of hazardous materials. The program also emphasizes the management practices used in modern fire protection agencies.
Graduates of the program may be employed by local and state government agencies, industrial firms, and insurance companies.
Graduates of the Fire Protection Technology program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. Fire Protection Technology classes are taught in the evening for the degree program. Fire Managment and Wildland Fire Suppression certificate options are also available and may be completed during the day in two semesters each. Classrooms, lab facilities, and faculty offices are located at Durham Tech's Northern Durham Center.