School of Human and Protective Services

Protective Services Education Building 100
1701 Pearson Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-5400

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Fire Protection Technician

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105032


The constant changes and growing complexities of modern living and the environment create a demand for college-trained people in the fire service field. The Fire Protection Technician program at Madison College is designed to meet the needs of personnel currently employed in fire service positions and those desiring preparation for employment. Opportunities for graduates exist with municipal fire departments, insurance and government agencies, and in the field of industrial safety. Classes should be taken in the sequence listed.

Program Details

Fire Protection Technician is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree, a technical diploma and a certificate. All will prepare you for a good job and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

Students in the Fire Protection Technician program can attend full or part time.

Fire classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

This program is not offered online.

Fire Protection Technician


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester
Third Semester
Fourth Semester



1 credit


After completing the Fire Protection Technician program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to demonstrate:


  • Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying personal code of ethics, positive work ethics, flexibility, teamwork skills, physical fitness, safe procedures, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals.

Technical Skills

  • Develop and employ an incident command system.
  • Develop and apply preincident plan.
  • Demonstrate awareness of basic fire code enforcement inspection process.
  • Develop and present public fire education seminars.
  • Investigate fires.
  • Perform fire service hydraulics.

Technical Knowledge

  • Explain and apply strategic tactical priorities for safety, rescue, incident control, and loss control for situations including: fire suppression, search and rescue, hazardous materials, and disaster management.

Communication Skills

  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies and supervisors.

Management Skills

  • Apply appropriate management skills to work effectively within emergency services organizations.

Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field including:

  • Firefighter
  • EMT
  • Fire Protection Technician
  • Fire Protection Systems Installer
  • Industrial Safety Technician
  • Property Risk Management Specialist

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Fire Protection Consultant
  • Fire Protection Equipment Sales Manager
  • Industrial Safety Manager
  • Municipal Safety Manager
  • Property Loss/Risk Management Supervisor
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Officer