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Fire Protection Technology Degrees and Certificates

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The Fire Protection Technology program is offered at El Centro College. Technical classes are taught at the El Centro College Bill J. Priest Campus at 1402 S. Corinth St., just south of I-30 and downtown Dallas. Academic courses are offered at the El Centro College Downtown Campus in downtown Dallas on Elm Street between Lamar and Market streets.

All of the following awards are designed for students who want to begin a career in fire services or who are employed in a related field and are looking for career advancement skills.

  • The Fire Protection Technology Associate in Applied Sciences degree integrates professional, technical firefighting skills related to the everyday demands of the profession. Both academic and fire science courses are geared toward helping graduates advance into supervisory positions and include fire service organization, strategy and tactics, fire codes, and alarm and extinguishing systems. The associate degree can be completed in two years if you are a full-time student but may take longer if you are also working.
  • The Fire Science certificate prepares students to advance into supervisory or management-level positions. The certificate can be completed over three semesters; all credit hours earned may be applied toward the associate degree in Fire Protection Technology.
  • The Fire/Arson Investigation certificate is designed for students who are looking for a career in arson investigation or seeking specific certification as an arson investigator. The certificate can be completed in two semesters; all credit hours earned may be applied toward the associate degree in Fire Protection Technology.
  • To be certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a basic arson investigator, you must do all of the following:

    • Possess a current basic peace officer’s license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education or documentation that you are a federal law enforcement officer (note that the colleges of DCCCD offers state-certified Basic Peace Officer training courses and certification)
    • Hold a current commission as a peace officer with the employer for whom the arson investigations will be done
    • Complete a commission-approved basic fire investigation training program
    • Pass the commission examination