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Have you thought of becoming a firefighter but don’t know where to start? Are you up to the challenge of work that’s different every day? What about a job in arson investigation, hazardous materials or safety inspection? Are you already in a public service profession where specialty skills could advance your career?

El Centro College’s Fire Protection Technology program could be the start of a rewarding new career for you — or give you valuable advancement potential if you’re already working as a peace officer or in another area of public service.

This program aligns with the national model developed by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy to create a standard fire science curriculum for institutions across the country. Courses are also coordinated with area high schools for students who want to pursue careers in emergency and fire management services.

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The program includes a core of technical courses, along with academic courses such as computer applications, speech communication and business for a well-rounded education. Program-specific courses include:

  • Building Construction in the Fire Service
  • Fire and Arson Investigation I and II
  • Fire Chemistry
  • Fire Prevention Codes and Inspections
  • Fire Protection Systems 
  • Fire Service Hydraulics
  • Firefighter Certification I and II
  • Firefighting Strategies and Tactics
  • Firefighter Health and Safety
  • Hazardous Materials

El Centro College has been approved by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection to offer a Fire Academy beginning in September 2014. It will offer continuing education courses for firefighters such as Firefighter I and II. Contact program coordinator Alvin Samples at 214-860-5716 for more information.

Fire Protection Technology Degree and Certificate Options

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