Program Description

The Fire Services Leadership Associate Degree program is designed for learners to gain the skills necessary to obtain employment in the fire service field. In addition, this program is designed to prepare current fire service professionals for departmental leadership positions. Learners will obtain knowledge of the fundamentals of fire science, fire safety, leadership and crisis management.

Graduates of this program will also earn NTC’s Accelerated Leadership Technical Diploma. The Northcentral Technical College Fire Services Leadership coursework is aligned with the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services in Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum.

Approximate Cost

$11,109
Tuition: $9994 , Books: $1115

Starting Salary

$33,660–$46,039
Average, based on the WTCS Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

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Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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at Wausau
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at Antigo
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at Medford
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at Phillips
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* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Explain the principles of using fire service technologies, systems and water supply
  • Apply principles related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives and fire safety planning
  • Implement fire investigation techniques and procedures
  • Employ fire control strategies and tactics
  • Employ essential fire service skills of ethics, leadership and crisis management
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills, problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal and communication skills integral to success in public service professions
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the information and training required to work at the officer level in the fire service
  • Demonstrate fundamental skills and knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention, inspections and public relations

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Fireman
  • Fire Lieutenant
  • Fire Captain
  • Assistant Fire Chief
  • Fire Chief
  • Battalion Chief
  • Fire Fighter

Courses

The Fire Services Leadership Associate Degree is a 63 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

FIRE PREVENTION 4.00
PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY SVCS 2.00
FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION 3.00
MATH WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR FIRE PROTECTION 3.00
PRINCIPLES OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES SAFETY AND SURVIVAL 3.00
FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS 3.00
TECHNICAL REPORTING 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Third Term

LEADING CHANGE AND DIVERSITY 3.00
FIRE PROTECTION HYDRAULICS 3.00
PRINCIPLES OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICE ADMINISTRATION 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY 3.00

Fourth Term

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT 3.00
LEADING STRATEGICALLY 3.00
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS CHEMISTRY 2.00
STRATEGIES, TACTICS & INC MGMT 4.00
LEGAL ASPECTS OF EMERGENCY SERVICES 3.00
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Purdue University Global Fire Science

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This associate degree does not qualify students for state certification as a fire fighter. In the state of Wisconsin, students must complete at least Firefighter 1 (#47-503-720), Firefighter 2 (#47-503-730) and Hazardous Materials Operations (#47-503-780) to become certified. Residents outside of Wisconsin should check their state certification requirements.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.