Skagit Valley College

Fire Protection Technology

Interested in getting started? Complete our easy inquiry form and an Enrollment representative will contact you with details.

Complete Inquiry Form

Have you always wanted to work in fire protection, responding to emergencies and making a positive difference in people's lives? Enroll in SVC's exceptional Fire Protection Technology program today and prepare to take your place in this rewarding career field.

  • Program Options

    The training of students to become career firefighters is a key component of the Fire Protection Technology program. Subjects included in the program help to improve the firefighter’s use of knowledge, tools and systems to improve their career opportunities and the lives of those who they serve

  • Degree Paths

    • Loading
    • Loading
  • Outcomes

    Graduates of the Fire Protection program will be able to:

    • Possess the industry recognized skills required for entry-level employment as a firefighter, meeting the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for Firefighter 1.
    • Demonstrate and appropriately use fire service equipment and pro­cedures in conjunction with a variety of emergency response inci­dents; possess industry recognized apparatus operator competency and Washington Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention skills.
    • Demonstrate basic fire and life safety inspection procedures and make appropriate recommendations to abate potential hazards.
    • Identify fire protection systems used in various occupancies in­cluding sprinkler systems, extinguishing agents, early warning devices, fire pumps, smoke and flame detection, and standpipes.
    • Possess industry recognized hazardous materials first responder competencies to the level of First Responder Operations.
    • Demonstrate the principles of effective risk management during incident operations including managing emergency scene safety with multiple responding units regarding the resources of time, personnel, equipment and jurisdictional authority.
    • Demonstrate skills and abilities necessary to perform emergency medical services tasks; successful completion of standardized training for emergency medical technician.
    • Understand the ethical responsibilities and consequences of work­ing in an emergency services-related environment.
    • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving abilities, team­work, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills as they apply to the fire service.
    • Demonstrate employee traits considered strong in a professional work environment: dependability, appearance, positive attitude, thoroughness, timeliness, safety, and the human relations skills necessary for work in emergency services.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Skagit County Joint Fire Agencies with Skagit Valley College are excited to offer 9–12 scholarships to new qualifying Fire Protection Technology freshman students beginning Fall Quarter 2018.

Apply Now!

Contact Us

Patrick McVicker
Department Chair

Email Pat

Fall Orientation Dates

  • May 19 (Note Date Change)
  • June 16
  • Sept. 12

In order to attend orientation, students must apply for admissions to the college and indicate Fire as their degree.