Fire Technology and Administration

Associates of Science

The Fire Technology and Administration program provides advanced training and education for individuals who are, or will become, leaders in fire protection, prevention and administration.

Effective fire technologists continually improve the world in which we live, making it a safer place and reducing the misery that uncontrolled fire can cause.

Past students are currently employed throughout Connecticut, including the Danbury and Waterbury fire departments. 

Other employment opportunities include:

  • career and volunteer fire departments
  • industry, agricultural and construction firms
  • Homeland Security
  • local, state and federal agencies
  • insurance organizations.

Degree Requirements

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Waived 0
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics ECN*101 Principles of Macroeconomics or CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communications listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra or higher 3
Scientific Knowledge CHE*H111 Concepts of Chemistry 4
Scientific Reasoning BIO*H105 or BIO*H115 or PHY*H110 or PHY*H121 4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements FTA*H112 Introduction to Fire Technology 3
FTA*H116 Building Construction 3
FTA*H118 Fire Prevention and Inspection 3
Choose 2 of the 4 courses: FTA*H122 Fire Behavior and Combustion FTA*H126 Safety and Survival FTA*H210 Water Supply and Hydraulics FTA*H272 Terrorism - First Responders 6
FTA*H216 Municipal Fire Administration 3
FTA*H218 Sprinklers and Fixed Extinguishing Systems 3
FTA*H219 Fire Investigation 3
EMT*H100 Emergency Medical Technician (or FTA electives) 6
General Electives (FYI - MAT 137 and/or IDS 101 are General Electives) 2

Total Credits: 61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a
lab component.

Fire Technology Program Director is available over the summer for advising sessions and assistance.
Call (203) 575-8797 for appointment.

Degree Outcomes (What you will learn)

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate verbally and in writing, prepare reports, presentations, investigations that support the administration and management of fire /emergency service agency in emergency or non-emergency situations.
  2. Apply social and behavioral sciences, mathematical and scientific principles, and technical knowledge to develop and create solutions to address community problems and issues in the emergency management field they have not encountered previously.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the organizational structure, both operational and administrative, of various types of emergency service providers, both public and private, career and volunteer, which impact the life safety of a community.
  4. Understand human resource policies and procedures in order to assist members of an emergency service agency who are in need of assistance and intervention.
  5. Apply basics of supervision and human resource management to set priorities so as to respond to community needs as determined in a community hazard assessment.
  6. Develop a pre-incident plan of a specific facility, applying pre-planning policies, procedures and forms, so that all required elements are identified and catalogued.
  7. Develop an initial action plan for an emergency operation to make maximum use of resources to control and mitigate the incident.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of safety policies, regulations and procedures as they apply to emergency and non-emergency operations of a community’s emergency response agencies.
  9. Demonstrate the basic knowledge necessary to conduct an inspection to identify hazards and address code violations in an Assembly, Educational, Health Care, Detention and Correctional, Residential, Mercantile, Business, Industrial, Storage, Unusual Structures, and Mixed Occupancy, so that all hazards, including hazardous materials are identified, appropriate forms are completed and appropriate action is initiated.
  10. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of who issues various protocols, standards and guides on a local, state, and national level that provide guidance to and regulation of life safety organizations.
  11. Describe the methods of heat transfer and chemical processes that govern the development and spread of fire and how to apply that to various types of structures and situations in order to control and extinguish the fire by altering and improving the structure.

The following courses offered by the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control Office of Emergency Medical Services and the State Fire Marshall have been assessed in conjunction with Charter Oak State College and credit may be granted to students in the NVCC Fire Program as follows:



Credit to be applied to

Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Marshal, 
Fire Inspector



FTA*H118 Fire Prevention and Inspection
FTA*H219 Fire Investigation
FTA*H213 Codes and Standards

Fire Service Instructor I


COM*H100 Introduction to Communication

Fire Service Instructor II


Technical or Open Elective

Fire Officer I


Technical or Open Elective (or FTA*H112 at NVCC)

Fire Officer II


FTA*H216 (205) Municipal Fire Administration

Emergency Medical Technician


Technical or Open Elective

Chemistry of Hazardous Materials; (NFA)

Chemistry for Emergency Response (NFA)



CHE*H111 Concepts of Chemistry
(ACE/PONSI credit)

Program Coordinator
Barry D Groman
203-596-8797 (p)
Room: T633
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