Fire Technology

  • Credits: 62
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Overview

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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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.

Potential Job Titles

  • Fire Chief
  • Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician)
  • Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Apparatus Operator
  • Driver Engineer
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Engineer
  • Fireman
  • Master Fire Fighter

Job Outlook & Salary Data


According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for Fire Technology in the state of Minnesota from 2010-2020 is 4%, a low growth career.

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Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

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

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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 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 Faculty

  • Jeffrey Boushee
  • Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2579
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Chad Cutshaw
  • Adjunct Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2579
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Scott Nicola
  • Adjunct Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2579
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Bruce Roed
  • Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 681-0701
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Jason Swope
  • Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2579
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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