Fire Technology

The Fire Technology-AAS program provides an opportunity for students to obtain basic and advanced instruction in fire fighting techniques, fire prevention, rescue, and management of fire services. The major also provides instruction to become involved in all phases of the decision-making process from entry level through the company officer level, focusing on improving productivity and safety. The program consists of approximately one-third general education and two-thirds technical coursework, including classroom as well as technical hands-on training to enable the student to become familiar with all aspects of fire fighting from entry-level to advanced levels. Also included is an instructional area entitled-job skills. This instruction will be offered through students' local fire departments. Students who are not connected with a fire department will be assisted in finding a site.

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Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

1. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study prior to entering FIRE courses.
2. Students must have an "eligible" status through the State Motor Vehicle Records Check system.
3. Current CPR certification. CPR for Health Care Providers (American Heart Association) prior to enrollment in FIRE courses.
4. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
5. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization form prior to enrollment in FIRE courses.
6. All students must have structural firefighting personal protective equipment, which consists of a helmet, protective hood, coat, pants, gloves, and boots.


  • Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
  • Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.
  • A blended site (some classes face-to-face and some classes distance) may be used for this program.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
EMTB 1101 Emergency Medical Tech 6 credits
FIRE 1100 Intro to Fire Service 1 credits
FIRE 1102 Firefighter Fitness 2 credits
FIRE 1104 Job Skills 1 credits
FIRE 1110 Firefighter Basic 6 credits
FIRE 1112 Fire Apparatus 3 credits
FIRE 1120 Firefighter Practical 1 credits
FIRE 1124 Fire Protection System 2 credits
FIRE 1130 Rescue Theory & Practices 1 credits
FIRE 1150 HazMat Operational 2 credits
FIRE 1152 Building Construction 3 credits
FIRE 1154 Company Functions 2 credits
FIRE 1160 Technical Rescue I 1 credits
FIRE 2206 Inspection & Code Enforce 3 credits
FIRE 2220 Emergency Management 3 credits
FIRE 2230 Fire Investigation 2 credits
FIRE 2250 Fire Instructor Basic 2 credits
FIRE 2256 HazMat Technician 4 credits
FIRE 2260 Technical Rescue II 1 credits
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
ENGL 2207 Technical Writing 3 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 62 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will demonstrate professional firefighting skills as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association standards.
2. Student will execute Emergency Medical Technician-Basic skills as identified by the Department of Transportation.
3. Student will organize fire prevention and fire education activities as outlined by National Fire Protection Associations standards.
4. Student will demonstrate effective, professional internal and external (written and oral) communication skills required of the firefighting industry.
5. Student will perform rescue operation skills as outlined in National Fire Protection Association standards.
6. Student will execute hazardous materials response skills safely as outlined in National Fire Protection Association standards.
7. Student will use appropriate emergency management skills in a variety of firefighting situations.
8. Student will operate and maintain fire apparatus and fire equipment properly as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association standards.
9. Student will demonstrate professional characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes as expected in the firefighting field.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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Nationwide demand exists for students wanting to become professional fire fighters. Typically job titles will be as a starting fire fighter with a municipal fire department, but in some cases industry or other governmental institutions will hire graduates with these capabilities.

The employment outlook for firefighters in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 4%, an low growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Chad Cutshaw
  • Adjunct Fire Technology Instructor
  • (218) 793-2579
  • Scott Nicola
  • Adjunct Fire Technology Instructor
  • (218) 793-2579
  • Jason Swope
  • Fire Technology Instructor
  • (218) 793-2579

Thief River Falls Campus