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Fire Protection Technician Program

Associate of Applied Science│2 Years│65 Credits│Full & Part Time│Eligible for Financial Aid│First term: Spring 2024

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $53,000

Gain knowledge of the most up-to-date methods for preventing and extinguishing fires through lectures, simulated scenarios, and actual burning incidents. Earn your technical diploma in Emergency Medical Technician in the process. 

The Fire Protection Technician Associate of Applied Science degree provides an in-depth look at protecting life, property and the environment. It covers fire suppression, hazardous materials mitigation and emergency medical services.

Fire Protection Technician courses will take place in Horicon (Fall 2024). General Education courses will take place in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, West Bend or online (Spring 2024).

Moraine Park’s State Certified Firefighter 2 and EMT classes recently held a vehicle extrication training exercise:

What You’ll Learn

Moraine Park’s Fire Protection Technician program covers the principles of fire behavior, management, prevention and protection systems and other emergency services. It teaches building construction and water use in fire protection.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying a personal code of ethics.
  • Maintain physical fitness and follow safe procedures.
  • Demonstrate compassion for people from different backgrounds and circumstances.
  • Carry out fire prevention activities, including formulating plans, teaching the public, examining, and researching.
  • Utilize incident management and abatement competencies to urgent situations.
  • Satisfy the necessary standards for fire service and EMS certification.
  • Express ideas accurately and coherently, both verbally and in writing to customers, peers, other organizations, and supervisors.
  • Utilize analytical reasoning skills when approaching both urgent and non-urgent matters.

Modern living and the environment are changing and becoming more complex. This increases the need for college-trained people in the fire-service field. The program is designed to meet the needs of personnel in fire service positions and those desiring preparation for employment.   

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $53,000


Employment Opportunities for graduates exist with municipal fire departments, insurance and government agencies, and in the field of industrial safety. Potential careers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Firefighter
  • Firefighter/Medic
  • Fire Protection Technician
  • Firefighter/First Responder
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Marshal
  • Reserve Firefighter

Fire Protection Job Resources

Fire Protection Information Resources

Course Requirements

Course requirements are subject to change. Visit our catalog for up-to-date information.

Course Highlights

  • Fire Behavior and Combustion
  • Hazardous Materials Chemistry
  • Strategies, Tactics, and Incident Management
  • More

Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 4-5 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.

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This program provides the opportunity to earn certifications from the State of Wisconsin in Firefighter I, Fire Inspector I, and Driver/Operator-Pumper, as well as ProBoard-certified Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations. In addition, students will gain EMT-Basic training as they work toward an associate degree.

Admission Requirements:

  • Proof of a valid driver’s license
  • Physical and Medical Requirements
  • Criminal Background Check

Failure to successfully meet these requirements will preclude the student from being able to fulfill the requirements of the Fire Protection Technician associate degree. 

If you have any questions or need help with the process, please contact us at  admissions@morainepark.edu OR 920-924-3200, TTY/VP:Use Relay VRS.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.

Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Information for enrollment fee information.

Additional Program Costs

Fire Fighter Principles and HazMat Awareness and Operations  

  • Physical/Medical Requirements: up to $250 
  • Practical Certification Testing Fees: $80 per test 

Fire Protection Hydraulics 

  • CDL temp license for Driver/Operator if non-affiliated: $30 
  • Practical Certification Testing Fees: $80

Emergency Medical Technician Costs

  • Testing fee (NREMT certification): $200
  • Any computer or tablet
  • External keyboard and durable case for tablet (recommended)

Emergency Medical Technician students must purchase the following from the bookstore:

  • EMT pants (black or navy)
  • Black belt
  • Black boots,
  • watch with sweeping second hand
  • Safety goggles
  • Stethoscope
  • Name tag
  • EMT shirt

Contact the bookstore for pricing information.

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (sometimes referred to as the “sticker price”) is the maximum amount of money it costs to attend college for one year and is used to determine your financial aid offering.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

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Your estimated cost for your selected credit load is: $

Cost breakdown:

Tuition: $
Supplemental Fee: $
Material Fee: $

Books and required tools, supplies, or attire are additional.

The WTCS Fire Service Education Office offers IFSAC accredited certification. It follows the latest NFPA standards and covers 5 categories with 10 different levels. Certification entails, after satisfying certain prerequisites, passing the certification process for a given category and level.

The opportunity to achieve IFSAC certification is available in Fire Fighter 1 and Hazmat Operations. This can be achieved through the successful completion of classroom instruction. After the instruction, written and practical certification exams must be taken. (IFSAC standards for certification standard apply)

First-year coursework positions students to be eligible to earn the Firefighter I and Hazmat Operations Certification in Fire Science. Eligibility for EMT licensure is based on successful completion of coursework and NREMT examination. Students can complete Emergency Medical Technician training in the college’s simulation center. This includes SimAmbulance, Apartment, and Hospital scenarios.

A previous graduate of the EMT Technical Diploma can return to complete the associate degree in Fire Protection Technician. After one year post graduation, they can then complete the Paramedic Technician Diploma. Individuals with current IFSAC certification may be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Moraine Park Fire Protection Program Students in firefighter uniform standing next to a car.


  • The current full-time faculty member is an active fire chief.
  • Implementation of high-fidelity simulation for EMT course completion.
  • Balance between theory and hands-on learning and support. 
  • Partnerships with Fire Departments within the Moraine Park district.


“This new associate degree is vital to the Moraine Park Technical College district and well beyond. Growing a skilled workforce in fire protection careers is critical to the safety and overall well-being of our local communities.  Over the next 10 years, just within the four primary counties that MPTC serves, there will be a need to replace 325 fire fighters due to retirement and career change.”

– Lightcast (BLS/2023.1 – QCEW Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, and Self-Employed)

High school dual credit provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, without leaving their high school classroom. The courses are taught by certified high school instructors using technical college curriculum, grading policies and textbooks.

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? Applying previously earned credits to a program of study can save you both time spent in the classroom and money spent on tuition and fees.

Transferring here is easy! You can transfer in prior college work by submitting official college transcripts or get a free transcript review.

Financial Aid is provided to aid eligible associate degree and technical diploma programs with 28 credits or more. Processing can take 6-8 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received.

Our recruiters on any of the three campuses are ready to help you plan your future!