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Area of Study: Public and Social Services
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Fire Protection Technology

If you see yourself saving lives, learn the best knowledge and skills to become a firefighter

Our Fire Protection Technology Program has educated hundreds of first responders serving throughout Texas and the nation. Our program 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, which is required for those who wish to work as professional firefighters in this state. Current firefighters meeting state exemption requirements can earn the associate degree, tuition-free.

Career Information

Once on the job, firefighters work 24-hour shifts, responding to emergencies of all types. Between alarms, they participate in classroom training, equipment maintenance, practice drills, and physical fitness activities.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
45.3 Hourly Wage 93 Currently Employed
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.
93 Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 10.75 % over the next four years.
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Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
38.85 Hourly Wage 177 Currently Employed
Supervise fire fighters who control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts.
177 Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors are employed. This number is expected to increase by 12.99 % over the next four years.
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Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
38.85 Hourly Wage 177 Currently Employed
Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
177 Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors are employed. This number is expected to increase by 12.99 % over the next four years.
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Municipal Firefighters
25.1 Hourly Wage 2193 Currently Employed
Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.
2193 Municipal Firefighters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.71 % over the next four years.
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Forest Firefighters
25.1 Hourly Wage 2193 Currently Employed
Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
2193 Forest Firefighters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.71 % over the next four years.
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Fire Inspectors
35.55 Hourly Wage 43 Currently Employed
Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.
43 Fire Inspectors are employed. This number is expected to increase by 13.95 % over the next four years.
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Fire Investigators
35.55 Hourly Wage 43 Currently Employed
Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.
43 Fire Investigators are employed. This number is expected to increase by 13.95 % over the next four years.
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Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
27.42 Hourly Wage 3 Currently Employed
Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.
3 Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 33.33 % over the next four years.
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Program Maps

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Which award path is right for you?

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.

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