Fire Protection Technology

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Public Safety Programs – Fire Protection Technology

Are you looking to begin your firefighting career or take advantage of advancement opportunities in your current department? Earning a degree can open doors for you to achieve your professional goals. In fact, many agencies require a degree before a candidate can sit for a promotional exam.

Earning Your Degree in Fire Protection Technology

The Fire Protection Technology program at Gaston College allows you to earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree that can help you stand out in this highly competitive field. With courses led by expert industry professionals, you will have the opportunity to learn from teachers that have real-world experience working in emergency services, fighting fires, and saving lives.

If you are worried about the time commitment to earn your degree, you can take advantage of our of our new, fully online program. You can earn your degree from the comfort of anywhere with an internet connection.

Curriculum Overview

Coursework in the Fire Protection Technology program includes both classroom and laboratory exercises, where you will not only master the concepts of fire protection, but also see those concepts in action with simulated firefighting scenarios. The program covers the technology and administration of fire protection, including:

  • Fire Detection and Investigation
  • Industrial Fire Protection
  • Chemistry of Hazmat
  • Firefighting Strategies
  • Local Government Finance
  • Fire Protection Law


Gaston College is the first college in the southeast to receive IFSAC Program Accreditation “International Fire Service Accreditation Congress” in Fire Protection Technology. The program was accredited in September 2014.

Ready to Learn More or Apply?

The first step to registering for the Fire Protection Technology program is to apply to Gaston College. Get step-by-step instructions for applying to Gaston in our Next Steps Guide. You can download the Next Steps Guide today.