Fire Science - Technical Diploma

Program Code: 305318

Prepare for your future in firefighting with this two-semester program. You will learn basic fire behavior, techniques used to control structural and related fire emergencies, and life safety practices. Program grads will be prepared for paid on-call/volunteer firefighting positions. Career firefighters will need licensure in Wisconsin-approved Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic programs. This technical diploma program ladders into the Fire Medic associate degree program.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Fire Medic, 105312


Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Fire Fighter, Fire Apparatus/Equipment Specialist, Industrial Fire Technician, Industrial Safety Technician, Fire Insurance Investigator, Industrial Fire Inspector, or additional careers applicable to fire sciences related occupations.


Requirements for Program Entry

• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Aptitudes required for work of this nature are good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, life, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018
Green Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Fire Science Technical Diploma in the number of semesters shown.
Fire Fighting Principles
10-503-142 FIRE FIGHTING PRINCIPLES ...basic fire behavior, techniques for control structural, related fire emergencies, life safety practices; covers practical evolutions necessary to control and extinguish fires; satisfies all requirements for Firefighter 1 state certification. (Prerequisite: Acceptance to Fire Science or Fire Medic program; Corequisites: 10-503-191, Principles of Emergency Services; 10-503-153, Hazardous Material Operations) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Building Construction
10-503-143 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION ...provides the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety. (Corequisites: 10-503-142, Fire Fighting Principles; 10-503-191, Principles of Emergency Services; OR Firefighter I State Certification) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Hazardous Material Operations
10-503-153 HAZARDOUS MATERIAL OPERATIONS ...prepares the participant to perform the minimum hazardous material incident operations associated with firefighting functions. Meets operational level competencies referenced in the JPRs in NFPA 1001, 4-1.1. (Corequisites: 10-503-142, Fire Fighting Principles; OR Firefighter I State Certification) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Principles of Emergency Svcs
10-503-191 PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY SERVICES ...provides an overview to fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; 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; and fire service nomenclature. (Corequisites: 10-503-142, Fire Fighting Principles; 10-503-153, Hazardous Material Operations OR Fire Fighter 1 State Certification) Course Typically Offered: Fall
College 101
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Fire Protection Hydraulics
10-503-155 FIRE PROTECTION HYDRAULICS ...provides a foundation of knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection. Meets all of the requirements for the Driver Operator-Pumper certification with the State of Wisconsin. (Prerequisites: 10-503-191, Principles of Emergency Services and 10-503-142, Fire Fighting Principles OR Firefighter I State Certification; Corequisite: 10-804-107, College Mathematics) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Firefighter-Level 2
10-503-730 FIREFIGHTER-LEVEL 2 ...complete all Level 2 firefighter objectives as identified by NFPA consistent with Wisconsin Technical College System Board defined standards that comply with ILHR regulations. (Prerequisite: 10-503-142, Fire Fighting Principles; 10-503-153, Hazardous Material Operations) Course Typically Offered: Spring
College Mathematics
10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. . (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Fire Science Internship
10-503-158 FIRE SCIENCE INTERNSHIP ...provides an opportunity for students to perform the duties of a municipal firefighter while serving the typical 24-hour shift, excluding NWTC class periods, at one of several fire departments. Fire department officers evaluate student performance. Department consent required.
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a “C” or higher in all 10-503-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a “C” in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C".
. Successful program completion prepares and entitles the student to take the state certification examination. A graduate is licensed only after successful completion of the certification examination and application for a state certification. State Certification was be obtained within 2 years of course completion.
. Graduates of the Fire Science technical diploma who complete their coursework with a "C" or higher in any 10-503-XXX courses and meet the program benchmark scores for the Fire Medic program, may qualify for advanced standing within the Fire Medic Associate Degree program.

Program Outcomes

• Prepare for incident response and Fire operations.
• Demonstrate fire protection skills associated with established standards and procedures for a variety of emergency based encounters.
• Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies, and supervisors.
• Meet Wisconsin state and national competency requirements for fire credentialing.
• Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying personal code of ethics, positive work ethics, flexibility, teamwork skills, physical fitness, safe procedures, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals.
• Perform fire prevention activities including preplanning, public education, inspection, and investigation.


Industry Credentials

• Students who successfully complete the Firefighting Principles, Hazardous Materials Operations courses, state practical and state written exams are certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Fire Fighter I. State Certification was be obtained within 2 years of course completion.
• Students who successfully complete the Fire Protection Hydraulics course, state practical and state written exams are certified to the Driver Operator Pumper level with the State of Wisconsin. State Certification was be obtained within 2 years of course completion.
• Students who successfully complete the Fire Fighter II course, state practical and state written exams are certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Fire Fighter II. State Certification was be obtained within 2 years of course completion.


• These additional courses may enhance your eligibility for employment:
10-503-750, Fire Inspector I - Certified
10-531-102, EMT

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.