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Fire Protection Technology

Have you always wanted to work in fire protection, responding to emergencies and making a positive difference in people's lives? Enroll in SVC's exceptional Fire Protection Technology program today and prepare to take your place in this rewarding career field.

Program Options

Whether you are a working professional, or completely new to the field of fire protection, SVC's programs are designed to meet your needs. You can select from a variety of study options.

  • Fire Protection Technology, Associate in Technical Arts degree
  • Certificates. Focused on a general area of expertise
    • Firefighter 1
    • Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention
    • Incident Command Systems 200
    • Haz-Mat Operations
    • EMT-Basic
    • Wildland Firefighter (red card)
    • Rescue Technician
    • Fire Officer 1
  • Micro-Certificates, focused on specific skills
    • Basic Firefighter
    • Basic Emergency Medical Technician
    • Hazardous Materials First Responder

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Fire Protection program will

  • Possess the industry recognized skills required for entry-level employment as a firefighter, meeting NFPA standards for Firefighter 1.
  • Demonstrate and appropriately use fire service equipment and procedures in conjunction with a variety of emergency response incidents; possess industry recognized apparatus operator competency and Washington Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention skills.
  • Demonstrate basic fire and life safety inspection procedures and make appropriate recommendations to abate potential hazards.
  • Identify fire protection systems used in various occupancies including sprinkler systems, extinguishing agents, early warning devices, fire pumps, smoke and flame detection, and standpipes.
  • Possess industry recognized hazardous materials first responder competencies to the level of First Responder Operations.
  • Demonstrate the principles of effective risk management during incident operations including managing emergency scene safety with multiple responding units regarding the resources of time, personnel, equipment and jurisdictional authority.
  • Demonstrate skills and abilities necessary to perform emergency medical services tasks; successful completion of standardized training for emergency medical technician.
  • Understand the ethical responsibilities and consequences of working in an emergency services-related environment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving abilities, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills as they apply to the fire service.
  • Demonstrate employee traits considered strong in a professional work environment:  dependability, appearance, positive attitude, thoroughness, timeliness, safety, and the human relations skills necessary for work in emergency services.

You Will Study

A systematic and organized inquiry into the occurrence of fire and its control. You will learn of fire's development, strategies used by the fire service to prevent its occurrence and lessen its impact, and methods employed to combat it.

You will also gain a deep understanding of the mental discipline and physical strength needed to succeed in a career that requires performing unusually challenging tasks under virtually any condition with little room for error. Classes include:

  • Fire Chemistry
  • Fire Service Hydraulics
  • Firefighter Skills
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Water Supply Operations
  • Incident Management Systems
  • Professional Communication
  • Hazardous Materials First Response
  • Fire Codes & Ordinances
  • Building Construction
  • Rescue Systems
  • Live Fire Operations
  • Fire Company Leadership
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Fire Department Budgets
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Emergency Service Leadership
  • Basic Emergency Medical Technician
  • Managing Tactical Operations
  • Law for Fire Services
  • Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention

Why Skagit Valley College?

  • The only school in Washington State with a live fire pad
  • Real world experience - program designed to replicate a fire department
  • Exceptional instructors with broad fire technology experience
  • Internships for practical experience and job placement networking
  • Two fire engine fleet, training tower and breathing air station

Career Opportunities

The Fire Protection Technology (FIRE) program will prepare you for a career as a firefighter. You will learn to respond to emergencies and save lives, stabilize emergency situations, reduce loss of property and improve public safety. Your career choices include working for private or industrial fire departments, or as a member of a government fire department at the municipal, state or federal level.

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Contact Us

Patrick McVicker
Department Chair

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