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. - 5 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Fire Protection Technician

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105032


NEW Fall 2018: Your online associate's degree is within reach from home. If you have experience as a volunteer, part-time or full-time firefighter, this program is for you.

The online program requires you to have:

If you need these certifications, earn them anywhere in Wisconsin or at Madison College while you work toward your degree online. Questions about certifications? Contact Dillon Gavinski at or (608) 616-1526. 

Benefits to you:

  • Earn your associate degree for career advancement and promotions.
  • Advance even further in your career by transferring to UW-Oshkosh for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Find opportunities with municipal fire departments, insurance and government agencies, and in the field of industrial safety and related fields.

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. The associate degree allows you to 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. Classes should be taken in the sequence listed.

Fire classes are offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Online - Fall 2018

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Fire Protection Technician Program


To Apply

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

In-person Program         Online Program

  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

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 Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester




Fourth Semester


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