Fire Protection Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5507 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 33950

Program Description

The goal of the Fire Science Technology A.A.S. program at SUNY Ulster is to prepare students for a career as a firefighter, fire & emergency service practitioner or engineer specialist, who identifies fire hazards in homes and workplaces.

The responsibility of the firefighter has been enhanced and now includes emergency medical treatment, assisting in the recovery from natural disasters, and managing cleanup of hazardous materials. The program is designed to prepare students to perform as a firefighter or effective member of a Critical Incident Management team. The program will meet or exceed guidelines established by the N.Y. Emergency Management System and the National Interagency Integrated Management System (NIIMS) under the Department of Homeland Security.

Through the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium, Rockland will offer 30 credits in Fire Protection Technology via Interactive Video at SUNY Ulster and online. The remaining 33‐34 credits of general education and liberal arts courses are offered by SUNY Ulster. The courses can be completed through part‐time or full‐time study. Classes are given during days, evenings, and weekends, or online.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the AAS Fire Protection Technology Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Discover the entire process for the requirements of becoming a firefighter;
  • Effectively communicate knowledge of Fire Science content areas, including fire safety, critical incident command system, emergency planning, fire science operations, fire exercise planning, fire & emergency operations center organization & management, leadership, resource planning, and utilization of national fire science operation guidelines;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, communications and management skills by analyzing situations, determining proper actions, understanding the costs and benefits of actions, evaluating possible alternatives and unforeseen circumstances, and then taking appropriate actions as an incident responder or manager;
  • Possess the technical and general education courses needed to pursue a baccalaureate degree in fire science or emergency management.

Employment Potential
Graduates of the program will be qualified to begin their careers in entry level positions.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment
  • Prior experience in public service is recommended.  This can be met by working with the following types of agencies:
    • Public Safety
      • Fire
      • EMS
      • Law Enforcement
      • Hazardous Materials Responders
    • Public and Private Sector Safety and Security

SUNY Ulster recognizes that there are many people and agencies, public and private, which could benefit from this program. Please contact the coordinator if you wish to discuss your experience to determine eligibility. The experience requirement ensures that students have basic understanding of fire technology/emergency services.

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is available through the Learning Center, The Gary & Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer & Friend Tutor Program, & English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits

ENG 101

College English I

FIR 101

Introduction to Fire Technology

FIR 103 Principles of Building Construction 3
MAT 105 College Algebra 3
PSY 101

General Psychology I

Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
COM 105  Presentational Speaking
ENG 102 College English II 3
FIR 102

Introduction to Fire Technology and Emergency Service Admin

LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
SOC 213 Cultural Diversity 3
Elective ** Fire Protection Technology Elective 3
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester

HIS 103 * or
HIS 104 * or 
Elective * 

American History I or
American History II or
Liberal Arts Elective

POS 201

American Government

SOC 101

Principles of Sociology

Elective ** Fire Protection Technology Elective 3
Elective ** Fire Protection Technology Elective 3
Elective ** Fire Protection Technology Elective 3
Semester Credits 18
Fourth Semester
CSC 101 Fundamentals of Computers 3
Elective ** Fire Protection Technology Elective 3
Elective ** Fire Protection Technology Elective 3
Elective ** Fire Protection Technology Elective 3

Natural Science Elective

Semester Credits 15-16
Total Credits 64-65
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements for an A.A.S. Degree.

ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all history courses and 200-level sociology courses.

* The Fire Protection Technology program is offered jointly through the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium. Since Ulster does not require Physical Education as a requirement for graduation, students will be required to take either American History I or II unless the student has score 84 or above on the NYS Regents in American History. If the score was achieved, the student will take a Liberal Arts Elective for 3 credits.

** Elective requirements (21 credits required) FIR 104, FIR 111, FIR 201, FIR 202, FIR 203, FIR 207, FIR 211, FIR 273, FIR 601-606, MGT 150





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