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Fire Technology and Administration

The fire technologist knows the need for fire prevention activities, the necessity to educate both children and adults in fire safety and the importance of enforcing fire prevention codes.

Because of the broad spectrum of problems encountered and the need for extensive familiarity with many subjects, the work of the fire technologist is seldom routine or boring.

There is always something new to learn; however, the greatest satisfaction may come from knowing that the effective fire technologist continually improves the world in which we live by making it a safer place.

Earn an Associate Degree or take a Course or two

Degree Programs


Introduction to Fire Technology
3 Credits

This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives.

Building Construction
3 Credits

Corequisite: FTA*H112. This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.

Fire Prevention and Inspection
3 Credits

Corequisite: FTA*H112. This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation.

Fire Technology and Administration Tech-Prep Internship
3 Credits

This course is a directed study and service opportunity for those in a Tech-Prep program. It is designed to allow the participant to develop an awareness of the fire service and provide a service opportunity benefiting both the student and the community. To participate, a student, at a minimum, must be part of a Junior/Cadet/Apprenticeship/Probationary program sponsored by a fire, rescue, emergency medical service or fire marshal’s office. To obtain college credit for this program, the student must participate in the Tech-Prep program as prescribed for his/her high school. Credit for this course will not be granted separately. The student will be assigned a mentor from his/her sponsor and the Fire Technology and Administration program of Naugatuck Valley Community College. The student will be required to complete a project designed by the Department and agreeable to the mentor from Naugatuck Valley Community College. In addition, the student will be required to complete at least two assignments one of which will be in support of the major project. Prior to the start of the program the student will be assisted in developing his/her program and what specifically will be required to obtain credit.

Water Supply and Hydraulics
3 Credits

Corequisite: MAT*H167 or MAT*H172. This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems..

Codes and Standards
3 Credits

This course studies fire and building codes as a means for providing reasonable public safety; the code development and adoption process; code administration; major code producing organizations; national standards with particular concentration on the Life Safety Code of the NFPA and its referenced standards. Three class hours weekly.

Municipal Fire Administration
3 Credits

Prerequisite: FTA*H112. This course introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency service, ethics, and leadership from the perspective of the company officer.

Fire Protection Systems
3 Credits

Prerequisite: FTA*H112. This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

Fire Investigation
3 Credits

Prerequisite: FTA*H116. Corequisite: CHE*H111 or Instructor Approval. This course is intended to provide the student with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the fire setter, and types of fire causes.

Terrorism - First Responders
3 Credits

Many of the principles that apply to Haz Mat, EMS, and crime scene responses also apply at WMD responses. This course will provide additional information to help the First Responder understand informed, controlled, and safe responses to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. 3 contact hours.

Fire Behavior and Combustion
3 Credits

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled.

Safety and Survival
3 Credits

This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services.

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