The Fire Protection Technology curriculum is designed to provide individuals with technical and professional knowledge to make decisions regarding fire protection for both public and private sectors. It also provides a sound foundation of continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration, and management. Course work includes classroom and laboratory exercise to introduce the students to various aspects of fire protection. Students will learn technical and administrative skills such as hydraulics, and hazardous materials. The curriculum includes areas such as the scientific understanding of fire hazards and their control and general courses that prepare one to work with people harmoniously.


Opportunities are excellent for individuals with adequate ability and training. Students seeking employment may be hired by governmental agencies, industrial firms, educational organizations, and insurance rating organizations. Employed persons should have opportunities for positions requiring increased skill and responsibility as they increase their job competence. Each class session is offered twice weekly to accommodate shift schedules – students may choose the session they wish to attend each week.


IFSAC_Seal 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.

Fire Protection Technology

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Fire Protection Technology

Associates of Applied Science



Contact Information

For further information regarding the Fire Protection Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree, Diploma, or Certificates, please contact

Josh Crisp, Director, RESTC/Fire and Rescue Training – APS 100

Ann Davis, Assistant/Coordinator, RESTC – APS 102

Helen Hovis, Secretary, RESTC/Fire and Rescue Training – APS 101

Rusty Graham, Instructor, Fire Protection/Emergency Preparedness – APS 119B