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Fire Protection Technology

Fire Protection Technology prepares students to enter either the public or private sectors of fire protection. Graduates may choose to seek a bachelor's degree.

Firefighters practicing extinguishing a car fireThe Fire Protection Technology curriculum is intended to offer individuals professional and technical knowledge to make decisions regarding fire protection in both public and private domains. It provides a stable foundation for continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration, and management.

The online Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Protection Technology will prepare students for a variety of positions in the Fire Protection Technology field. Students will learn technical and administration skills such as fire protection systems, fire suppression strategies, fire rescue service management, arson investigation, fire prevention education, government finance, hazardous materials, inspections, codes and laws. Our faculty members have years of experience in the field of Fire Protection Technology and can offer real-world perspectives and understand the challenges students will face as they advance in their field.

Students upon graduation can gain employment or advancement in the fire protection field with governmental agencies, industrial firms, private corporations, insurance rating organizations, safety organizations, educational organizations, and municipal or volunteer fire departments. Graduates will have opportunities for more skilled and supervisory level positions.

An online associate degree in Fire Protection Technology will allow students to specialize in the area of fire protection and will also prepare them for advancement to a bachelor's degree.

Please see the catalog for more information about the degree and certificate options for this curriculum.


2015 CVCC Postsecondary Firefighting Team

For information, contact

Jennifer Henson
Director, Fire Protection Technology
and Firefighter Certification
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4123


Congratulations to CVCC's first NC SkillsUSA Post Secondary Firefighting Team (Left to Right) Mackenzie Townsend- 1st Place, Matthew Ross- 4th Place, Chad Davenport- 3rd Place, Mark Stafford- 2nd Place


Catawba Valley Community College is the only Fire Protection Technology IFSAC Symbol/logoassociate degree program in North Carolina to be both accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and recognized by the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program.

Catawba Valley Community College’s Fire Protection Technology associate degree program recently became the second program in North Carolina to receive accreditation by IFSAC. An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. Accreditation is granted only after an intense self-study is conducted by the college seeking accreditation, followed by an on-site review by a panel consisting of peer representatives from other member entities or institutions.



CVCC's Fire Protection Technology associate degree has been Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Logorecognized by the National Fire Academy with the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition. The FESHE recognition is an acknowledgement that CVCC has met the standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy. Students can now National Fire Academy credit while completing FESHE approved classes at CVCC.

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