Fire Services Leadership Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

Fire Services Leadership

Associate Degree

The Fire Services Leadership Associate Degree program is designed for students 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. Potential occupations include Fire Fighter, Fireman, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Chief and Battalion Chief.

program at a Glance

Fire Services Leadership 63 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau -
  • Antigo -
  • Medford -
  • Phillips -
  • Spencer -
  • Wittenberg -

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

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

Course List

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Course List

Earn Credit for What You Know

This program offers opportunities for you to test out of classes by demonstrating your learning from past work or life experiences.

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Additional program Information

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.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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