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Fire Protection Technology

If you see yourself saving lives, learn the best knowledge and skills to become a firefighter. The Fire Protection Technology Program at Austin Community College offers hands-on instruction alongside the Austin Fire Department in a state-of-the-art facility. Students who complete the entry-level Fire Academy are ready to take the Texas firefighter basic certification exam. Current firefighters meeting state exemption requirements can earn the associate degree, tuition-free.

Job Titles & Career Information

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  • Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers

    Research causes of fires, determine fire protection methods, and design or recommend materials or equipment such as structural components or fire-detection equipment to assist organizations in safeguarding life and property against fire, explosion, and related hazards.

    Hourly Wage: $45.3

    Currently Employed: 96

    Projections:

    96 people are employed as Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers. This number is expected to increase by 11.46% over the next four years.

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  • Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

    Supervise fire fighters who control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts.

    Hourly Wage: $38.85

    Currently Employed: 184

    Projections:

    184 people are employed as Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors. This number is expected to increase by 11.41% over the next four years.

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  • Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

    Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

    Hourly Wage: $38.85

    Currently Employed: 184

    Projections:

    184 people are employed as Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors. This number is expected to increase by 11.41% over the next four years.

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  • Municipal Firefighters

    Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.

    Hourly Wage: $25.1

    Currently Employed: 2247

    Projections:

    2247 people are employed as Municipal Firefighters. This number is expected to increase by 7.03% over the next four years.

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  • Forest Firefighters

    Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

    Hourly Wage: $25.1

    Currently Employed: 2247

    Projections:

    2247 people are employed as Forest Firefighters. This number is expected to increase by 7.03% over the next four years.

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  • Fire Inspectors

    Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.

    Hourly Wage: $35.55

    Currently Employed: 45

    Projections:

    45 people are employed as Fire Inspectors. This number is expected to increase by 11.11% over the next four years.

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  • Fire Investigators

    Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.

    Hourly Wage: $35.55

    Currently Employed: 45

    Projections:

    45 people are employed as Fire Investigators. This number is expected to increase by 11.11% over the next four years.

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  • Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

    Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.

    Hourly Wage: $27.42

    Currently Employed: 3

    Projections:

    3 people are employed as Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists. This number is expected to increase by 33.33% over the next four years.

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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Program Map

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Awards in This Program

Associate of Applied Science

  • Fire Protection Technology

Certificate Level 1

  • Firefighter Fire Protection Technology

Which Award Path is Right for You?

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ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.