Fire Protection

Category: Emergency and Medical Services

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Program Description

To meet the challenges of a career in fire protection, you need training that prepares you with technical knowledge and hands-on experience. Hennepin Tech's Fire Protection program provides you with educational opportunities ranging from technical certificates to a baccalaureate degree pathway. From the basics of fire suppression, hazardous materials and fire inspection/investigation to preparing for leadership responsibilities, Hennepin Tech's Fire Protection program helps you develop the skills to succeed.

Program Information

Multi-term Registration Available!

Class Time: Day and Evening
Semester: Fall Semester or Spring Semester
Campus: Eden Prairie

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Skills Required

Students registering for Firefighter 1, Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Operations must have the Hennepin Tech Medical Release Form completed prior to the start of class. Students who do not have the release form completed by a medical professional will not be allowed to take these classes. This release is valid for one calendar year.

Students will be given a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) FIT test in these classes. This test is valid for one calendar year in the Hennepin Tech Fire Program.

Labs and Classroom

When you walk into our learning labs at Hennepin Tech it is like walking into a fire station. We boast four pumper trucks with pumping capacity of over 1200 gallons of water per minute.Two car fire props, one propane live fire simulator, A class A live fire building, and numerous ventilation and fire simulators.

Work Environment

The work environment of a firefighter is physically demanding, from carrying equipment to pulling hose lines full of water to pulling walls and ceilings apart. It could be hot or cold, stressful, and mentally challenging. Students will work inside structures that are on fire and high above the ground, cutting apart roofs in order to ventilate a fire. The work environment is ever-changing and challenging.


Wage and Job Outlook information for this program are available at CAREERwise. Fire Science graduates may perform a variety of jobs in the fire protection family. Titles may include:

  • Firefighter
  • Driver Operator
  • Inspector or Fire Investigator

Higher level positions, requiring experience and exams, are:

  • Fire Marshal
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • District Chief
  • Deputy Chief
  • Assistant Chief
  • Chief of Department

Tools/Other Expenses

Fire program students wear the following uniform: t-shirt, blue uniform pants, black uniform belt, and black uniform shoes or boots. If students are not affiliated with a local fire department, there is a rental fee of $100 for structural firefighting gear.

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