Have you thought of becoming a firefighter? What about a job in arson investigation, hazardous materials or safety inspection? Are you already in a public service profession where specialty skills could advance your career?

Fire Protection Technology could be the start of a rewarding new career for you — or give you valuable advancement potential if you’re already working in public service.

El Centro College’s Fire Protection Technology program is a licensed fire academy through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. It offers continuing education courses for firefighters such as Arson Investigation and Fire Officer I and II. 

Its program aligns with the model developed by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy to create a standard fire science curriculum for institutions across the country. Courses are also coordinated with area high schools for students who want to pursue careers in emergency and fire management services.

Fire Protection Technology Careers At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Fire Protection Technology jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects high job growth increase for almost all public protection and emergency medical careers: 20% for firefighters, and 19% for fire inspectors and first-line supervisors of firefighters through 2024 in Texas. 

See more about careers in Fire Protection Technology.

Fire Protection Technology Degree and Certificate Options

El Centro College

El Centro College is the only one of the seven colleges of DCCCD to offer the Fire Protection program.

See all Fire Protection Technology degrees and certificates.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit dcccd.edu/hb1508.