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About the Fire Protection Technology Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College.

Tuition

Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

See all Fire Protection Technology degrees and certificates.

 Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

El Centro’s Fire Protection Technology program is a licensed fire academy through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. It offers continuing education courses for firefighters such as Arson Investigation and Fire Officer I and II. 

The program aligns with the national model developed by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy to create a standard fire technology curriculum for institutions across the country.program aligns with the national model developed by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy to create a standard fire technology curriculum for institutions across the country.

Program Locations

Courses are offered at both the El Centro College Downtown Campus, 801 Main St. in downtown Dallas, and at its Bill J. Priest Campus, 1402 Corinth St., just south of I-30 and downtown Dallas.

Check El Centro College’s current semester class schedule for the location of a specific course.

Developing Skills for Success

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

Related Programs

Check out other programs in Law and Public Safety.

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Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

Faculty Profiles

Fire Protection Technology faculty members have academic degrees as well as impressive professional experience, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face in the workplace. Instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of our Fire Protection Technology faculty.

Transfer Information

The Fire Protection Technology program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. If you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Fire Protection Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.