Fire Protection Technology
Fire Protection Technology prepares students to enter either the public or private sectors of fire protection. Graduates may choose to seek a bachelor's degree.
The Fire Protection Technology curriculum is intended to offer individuals professional and technical knowledge to make decisions regarding fire protection in both public and private domains. It provides a stable foundation for continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration, and management.
The online Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology will prepare students for a variety of positions in the Fire Protection Technology field. Students will learn technical and administration skills such as fire protection systems, fire suppression strategies, fire rescue service management, arson investigation, fire prevention education, government finance, hazardous materials, inspections, codes and laws. Our faculty members have years of experience in the field of Fire Protection Technology and can offer real-world perspectives and understand the challenges students will face as they advance in their field.
Students upon graduation can gain employment or advancement in the fire protection field with governmental agencies, industrial firms, private corporations, insurance rating organizations, safety organizations, educational organizations, and municipal or volunteer fire departments. Graduates will have opportunities for more skilled and supervisory level positions.
An online associate degree in Fire Protection Technology will allow students to specialize in the area of fire protection and will also prepare them for advancement to a bachelor's degree.
Congratulations to CVCC's first NC SkillsUSA Post-Secondary Firefighting Team (Left to Right) Mackenzie Townsend-1st Place, Matthew Ross-4th Place, Chad Davenport-3rd Place, Mark Stafford-2nd Place
Catawba Valley Community College is the only Fire Protection Technology associate degree program in North Carolina to be both accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and recognized by the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program.
Catawba Valley Community College’s Fire Protection Technology associate degree program recently became the second program in North Carolina to receive accreditation by IFSAC. An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. Accreditation is granted only after an intense self-study is conducted by the college seeking accreditation, followed by an on-site review by a panel consisting of peer representatives from other member entities or institutions.
CVCC's Fire Protection Technology associate degree has been recognized by the National Fire Academy with the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition. The FESHE recognition is an acknowledgement that CVCC has met the standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy. Students can now earn National Fire Academy credit while completing FESHE approved classes at CVCC.
- Fire Protection Technology AAS
- Fire Protection Technology Fire Protection Management Certificate
- Fire Protection Technology Fire Protection Management Certificate High School Pathway
- Fire Protection Technology Industrial Fire Protection Certificate
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree option in this curriculum.
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement
The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) allows a student who earns the Associate degree with no grade lower than a "C" to be guaranteed admission to at least one of the UNC system schools as a Junior and make a smooth transition for maximum credit transfer.
Some Associate in Applied Science degrees may transfer in full or in part to a four-year school. CVCC has agreements with certain schools to accept the AAS degree in a 2 + 2 arrangement (subject to change).
Important Note: As always, it is imperative that a student at CVCC should be in full conversation with the senior school before selecting and completing a program of study at CVCC.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fire Protection Technology may transfer to B.S. in Fire and Emergency Services Administration at Fayetteville State University.
Job opportunities are available with governmental agencies, industrial firms, private corporations, insurance rating organizations, safety organizations, educational organizations, and municipal or volunteer fire departments. Depending on continued education possible careers include but not limited to:
- Fire Officer
- Arson Investigator
- Fire and Security Control Install Tech Specialist
- Fire Insurance Appraiser
- Fire Inspector
- Fire or Emergency Service Instructor
- Fire Protection Specialist
- Hazardous Materials Technician
- Health and Safety Specialist
- Rescue Technician
- Fire Protection Field Analyst
- Fire/Life Safety Educator
America’s Career InfoNet and the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook websites give detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities, and recommended education for jobs in fields using skills that can be learned in the Fire Protection Technology program. America’s Career InfoNet shows North Carolina employment for Firefighters to grow 18% and First-Line Supervisors 17% from 2010-2020, double the national average.
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Mission, Purpose, and Program Outcomes
Fire Protection Technology Department Mission Statement
The Department of Fire Protection Technology at Catawba Valley Community College is committed to improving the lives of our community members by providing high quality educational services and lifelong learning opportunities to our stakeholders, students, community members, and employers, while adhering to cultural diversity within the community.
Program Description/Purpose Statement
The Fire Protection Technology curriculum is designed to provide individuals with technical and professional knowledge to make decisions regarding fire protection for both the public and private sectors. The department is committed to the enablement of student academic and professional development. The education provided is intended to assist students in their quests for academic and professional excellence, to be successful in gaining entrance into the fire service and associated fire protection fields, and to become leaders in the profession.
Fire Protection Technology Associate Degree Learning Outcomes
- Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of supervision and management necessary for leadership and administration in the fire protection field.
- Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the 16 life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral change in the fire service.
- Graduates will identify and demonstrate a functional knowledge of standards as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the legal aspects of the fire protection.
- Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of building construction principles, fire protection systems, and fire prevention codes to improve fire protection.
- Graduates will demonstrate an understanding the history and basic principles of the fire service.
The mission of the Catawba Valley Community College Fire Protection Technology Advisory Committee is to provide recommendations, feedback, and support to the CVCC Fire Protection Technology program.
Fire Protection Technology Advisory Committee
- Scott Abernathy, Chief of Stony Point Fire Department
- Bryan Blanton, Director of Catawba County Emergency Services
- Certification Specialist (Western Region), North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal
- Rick Davis, Chief of Sherrills Ford/Terrell Fire Rescue
- Mark Earle, Deputy Fire Marshal and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Alexander County
- Terry Foxx, Captain of Alexander County Rescue Squad and EMS
- Mark Hinson, Chief of Conover Fire Department
- Wes Lail, Director of Fire Protection Technology and Firefighter Certification
- Steve Moore, Deputy Chief of Hickory Fire Department
- Robin Ross, Dean of Health and Public Services
- Mark Stafford, Captain of Conover Fire Department
- Kevin Yoder, Chief of Newton Fire Department
» American Career Infonet
» United States Fire Administration
» National Fire Protection Association
» International Association of Chiefs
» International Association of Firefighters
» National Fallen Firefighter Foundation
» Everyone Goes Home
» National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
» International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)
» Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)
North Carolina Resources
» North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal
» North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs
» North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders
» North Carolina Emergency Management
» North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation
» North Carolina Fire Marshal’s Association
» North Carolina Forest Service
» North Carolina International Association of Arson Investigators
» North Carolina Office of EMS
» North Carolina Society of Fire Rescue Instructors
» North Carolina State Fireman’s Association