Fire Protection


Fire Protection

The 41-hour Fire Protection Technology Diploma is designed to provide individuals with technical and professional knowledge to complement their professional fire service training. It also provides a sound foundation for continuous higher learning in fire service as well as enhancing employment and promotional opportunities.

Course work includes classroom and practical exercises to introduce the student to various aspects of fire protection. Students will learn technical and administrative skills such as hazardous materials, arson investigation, fire protection safety, fire suppression management, working with the public, fire law, inspections and codes.

Students enrolled in the FIP diploma or certificate program who are interested in pursuing an associate degree in Fire Protection Fire Science related program may complete the A.G.E. degree with a concentration in fire protection courses by satisfying the General Education requirements of the degree in addition to 49 hours of fire protection electives.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates should qualify for employment or advancement in governmental agencies, industrial firms, insurance rating organizations, educational organizations, and municipal fire departments. Employed persons should expect enhanced opportunities for skilled and supervisory level positions within his/her current organization.


Entering or returning students may be required to take the placement tests for Math and English prior to enrolling; testing is done in Student Development by appointment. Students may be required to take one or more developmental English or Math courses prior to the required course(s) depending upon their SAT, ACT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores.

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the Admissions office. Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Coordinator for Special Needs and Counseling at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

Fire Protection Certificate

The FIP Management Certificate is a 15-hour concentration under the curriculum title of Fire Protection Technology that has been specifically designed to prepare fire fighters for mid-level management positions within the fire service. It provides professional development and career enhancement opportunities for those currently employed as well as those newly entering into fire service careers.

Completion of the Certificate will prepare currently-employed students for promotion to or beyond the supervisory level, and will be especially beneficial in those agencies requiring the Certificate for promotion to certain levels. Courses taken toward completion of the Certificate apply toward both the Diploma as well as to the AGE-FIP.

Course work includes a writing course (ENG111), an FIP elective course (FIP 224 Fire Instructor I & II is highly recommended) and three FIP courses: Inspections & Codes, Fire Fighting Strategies, and Fire Service Supervision. The courses will be offered in the Spring and Fall each academic year.

Students entering for the certificate option are required to meet the same criteria for the diploma option.