Have you thought of becoming a firefighter but donâ€™t know where to start? Are you up to the challenge of a job thatâ€™s different every day? Would you like to work in a position where you can help people daily? Are you already in a public service profession where specialty skills could advance your career?
El Centro Collegeâ€™s Fire Protection Technology program could be the start of a rewarding new career for you â€” or give you valuable advancement potential if youâ€™re already working as a peace officer or in another area of public service.
The program includes a core of program-specific technical subjects, along with academic courses such as computer applications, speech communication and business for a well-rounded education. Program-specific courses include:
- Building Construction in the Fire Service
- Fire Administration
- Fire and Arson Investigation
- Fire Chemistry
- Fire Prevention Codes and Inspections
- Fire Service Hydraulics
- Firefighting Strategies and Tactics
- Firefighter Health and Safety
- Hazardous Materials
- Legal Aspects of Fire Protection
Fire Protection Technology Degree and Certificate Options
El Centro College
The Fire Protection Technology program is offered at El Centro College. Technical classes are taught at the El Centro College Bill J. Priest Campus at 1402 S. Corinth St., just south of I-30 and downtown Dallas. Academic courses are offered at the El Centro College Downtown Campus in downtown Dallas on Elm Street between Lamar and Market streets.
All of the following awards are designed for students who want to begin a career in fire services or who are employed in a related field and are looking for career advancement skills.
- Possess a current basic peace officerâ€™s license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education or documentation that you are a federal law enforcement officer (note that the colleges of DCCCD offers state-certified Basic Peace Officer training courses and certification)
- Hold a current commission as a peace officer with the employer for whom the arson investigations will be done
- Complete a commission-approved basic fire investigation training program
- Pass the commission examination