2015 - 2016 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Fire Protection Technology
Degree Plan: Fire Protection Technology AAS

(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.FIRE.PROTECT

The Associate Degree Program in Fire Protection Technology integrates professional firefighting technical skills related to the everyday demands of the profession with academic and fire science courses covering fire service organization, strategy and tactics, fire codes and alarm and extinguishing systems, to provide graduates with the necessary ancillary knowledge to advance into supervisory and/or management level positions. The program is designed for students employed or those who desire employment in the fire service.



FIRT 1301 Fundamentals of Fire Protection 3
FIRT 1338 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIRT 1327 Building Construction in the Fire Service 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (3)


FIRT 1333 Fire Chemistry I 3
FIRT 1307 Fire Prevention Codes and Inspections 3
FIRT 2309 Firefighting Strategies and Tactics I 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3


FIRT 1319 Firefighter Health and Safety 3
+Elective Fire Protection Elective 3
+Elective Fire Protection Elective 3
++Elective MATH Elective 3
+++Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3


FIRT 2380 Cooperative Education-Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician 3
+Elective Fire Protection Elective 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
++++Elective Any three-credit hour COSC course 3
+++++Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Minimum Hours Required 60

+Fire Protection Elective - must be selected from the following:

FIRS 1301 Firefighter Certification I 3
FIRT 1303 Fire and Arson Investigation I 3
FIRT 1309 Fire Administration I 3
FIRT 1311 Fire Service Hydraulics 3
FIRT 1315 Hazardous Materials I 3
FIRT 1349 Fire Administration II 3
FIRT 1353 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection 3
FIRT 2305 Fire Instructor I 3
FIRT 2319 Fire Chemistry II 3
FIRT 2333 Fire and Arson Investigation II 3

++MATH Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Mathematics.

+++Social/Behavioral Science Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Social/Behavioral Science.

++++Elective - any three-credit hour COSC course

+++++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

NOTE: Both FIRT and FIRS rubric courses are WECM courses and MAY NOT transfer to a four-year program as part of the transferable credits for the four-year degree.

The following courses will be given as non-transferable credit to students who have successfully met the requirements for becoming certified in basic structure fire suppression as set forth in the Standards Manual for Fire Protection Personnel, Section 423.3 - Minimum Standards for Basic Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification. A student must meet all registration requirements set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. A student must file a Fire Protection Technology degree plan with the college and successfully complete at least six (6) hours of Fire Protection Technology courses prior to applying for non-transferable academic credit. The credit awarded will not be assigned a grade, but will be recorded as "credit awarded":

FIRS 1301 Firefighter Certification I 3
FIRS 1407 Firefighter Certification II 4

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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