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Fire Protection Technology AAS


The Fire Protection Technology program is an Associate in Applied Science degree, and is a collaborative effort between MVCC and the Utica Fire Academy. The program is for individuals that are working in, or preparing to work in, the areas of fire prevention and protection. The program provides the education and training necessary to function in the delivery of emergency fire service, and fire protection and safety. The student is required to take 38 credit hours of course work at MVCC and successfully complete a rigorous 500 plus hours of training at the Utica Fire Academy. Students must meet the criteria established by the Utica Fire Academy prior to being accepted into this program. Students also will be responsible for passing national and state credentialing exams. The two-year degree program is appropriate for advancement opportunities in the field of municipal and industrial fire protection. The Academy is located at 1320 Bleecker Street, once an active firehouse in Utica, offering comprehensive training of New York State career fire department recruits. The recruits live and train at this Academy for approximately 15 weeks.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To provide students with a core foundation of knowledge in the liberal arts.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively and clearly.
Goal 2 To provide students with a core foundation of knowledge in the liberal arts.
  • Students will recognize the components of state and local government and their impact on community issues.
Goal 3 To provide fire protection professionals with an opportunity to enhance their job skills.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to utilize technology effectively in their area of study.
Goal 4 To prepare students to interact with a diverse population.
  • Students will be exposed to diverse points of view.
Goal 5 To provide students with a core foundation of knowledge in the liberal arts.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to employ quantitative methods to solve problems.
Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
    Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
EN101 English 1:Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3 This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
HC100 Intro to Health Care
This course introduces the field of healthcare for people interested in the field. Topics include an introduction to the healthcare delivery system, a brief historical overview of U.S. healthcare, healthcare settings and programs, members of the healthcare delivery team, roles of healthcare professionals, legal and professional ethics, healthcare organizations and agencies, medical record content, risk management, continuous quality improvement, epidemiology (morbidity and mortality), and interpersonal communication skills. See when this course is offered ...
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
SO101 Intro Sociology
This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization. See when this course is offered ...
MR115 Law in Health Care
This course introduces the legal aspects of health information, with emphasis placed on civil law and how healthcare settings are affected by law and by non-governmental rulemaking bodies. Topics include a review of the history of common law, the primary sources of law, tort law, the court system, corporate liability, medical staff issues, and consent to treatment, confidentiality, reporting obligations, and patient rights. It discusses the principles guiding the control, security, and usage of health information. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
PS203 State & Local Govt
This course covers the organization, operation, and issues of state, county, and city government. Emphasis is placed on comparative politics in the fifty states and the current problems of federalism. Local governmental units and issues are considered in the study of developments on that level. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
CH101 Physical Science
This course introduces the principles and methods of physical science. It stresses the structure and properties of materials and their interactions. Careful measurement, observation, and the scientific method are covered in lecture and laboratory to develop quantitative reasoning ability. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result or MA045 Basic Math Skills or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
IS101 Computers and Society
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication. See when this course is offered ...
Mathematics Elective
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
PY207 Life-Span Devlpmntl Psyc
This course explores the changes that take place in human development from conception to death. Cognitive, emotional, social, and physical developments are covered at each chronological stage. Emphasis is placed on biological and environmental influences across the life-span. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. Students who have successfully completed PY202 Childhood and Adolescence and/or PY205 Adulthood and Aging may not take PY207 Life-Span Developmental Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
GE Social Science Elective
Third Semester
Utica Fire Academy
FP101 Firefighter 1
This course provides initial entry level training for firefighting personnel. It covers instruction and skill activity in these areas: fire department organization, firefighter safety, fire behavior, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, ropes and knots, building searches, forcible entry, ground ladders, ventilation, hose practices, fire streams, loss control, tactics, vehicle supression, water supply, fire cause determination, fire department communications, fire suppression systems, and fire prevention practices. See when this course is offered ...
FP102 Firefighter 2
This course completes the initial training for the entry level firefighter. It covers instruction and skill activity in these areas: incident command implementation, building materials, building collapse, special rescue, hydrant flow, hydrant operability, hose tools, foam operations, flammable liquid and gas emergencies, alarm and detection systems, pre-fire planning, and strategy and tactics. See when this course is offered ...
FP103 Incident Command System
This course provides training in the organization, terminology, and common responsibilities for personnel operating in the Incident Command System. It describes the principal features that constitute the Incident Command System (ICS). It also provides information for personnel who will operate at an emergency incident in a functional capacity. See when this course is offered ...
FP105 Hazardous Materials
This course prepares emergency responders to respond effectively and safely to stabilize a hazardous materials incident from both a defensive and offensive position. It includes information on recognizing and identifying potential hazardous materials and the classification of such material. It also includes material and skill sessions in these areas: chemistry and toxicology of materials, dangerous properties of materials, detection equipment, protective equipment, confinement and mitigation concepts, and decontamination procedures. See when this course is offered ...
FP107 Rescue Technician-Basic
This course provides a basic education and awareness of technical rope rescue operations, specifically low-angle rescue. Material includes instruction and skill sessions in ropes and knots, technical rescue management, understanding the risks associated, establishing rescue systems, and helicopter landing areas. See when this course is offered ...
FP108 Firefighter Assist & Search Op
This course provides training in FAST operations. The material covered involves the following knowledge and skills: proper equipment and make-up of a FAST company. Rescue planning for a missing, lost or trapped firefighter, and removal techniques for rescuing trapped firefighters. See when this course is offered ...
FP109 Firefighter Survival
This course enables firefighters to recognize the type of events on the fire ground that contribute to firefighter disorientation and entrapment. The material covers the following knowledge and skills: techniques to stay oriented during the interior operations, and skills that will enable the firefighter to perform self-rescue should they become disoriented. See when this course is offered ...
FP110 Accident Victim Extrication
This course provides instruction and skill sessions in the safe technique of auto extrication. Material includes instruction and skills in these areas: scene safety, vehicle stabilization, rescue theory, rescue life cycle, and automotive design and technology. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
Utica Fire Academy
FP111 Truck Company Operations
This course provides instruction on using ladder company equipment. Material includes knowledge and skills in these areas: duties and responsibility of a ladder company, operating and maintaining tools and equipment, ventilation skills, forcible entry skills, search and rescue skills, and placement and operation of ground ladders. See when this course is offered ...
FP112 Apprts Oprtr-Emrgncy Vch Oprtr
This course provides vehicle operators with the understanding of the seriousness of vehicle operations. It also provides the necessary knowledge of the operation of aerial devices used in the fire service and in the operation of fire department pump apparatus. It includes information on the potential for tragedy, understanding of the responsibilities of emergency response vehicles, and skills in the operation and handling of emergency vehicles, as well as information and skills in classification and typing of aerial devices, plus their proper placement, setup, and stabilization. It also includes knowledge and skills concerning the responsibilities of pump operators, hydraulics and friction loss, pump controls and accessories, fire streams, pump operation from draft, and pump operation from fire hydrant. See when this course is offered ...
FP115 Code Enfrcmnt -Regs/Admin/En
This course provides training for code enforcement officials and the practices necessary to carry out the jobs for local government. It also provides knowledge of basic principles of buildings that will endure the effect of fire and enable occupants to safely escape. Materials covered include issuing permits, inspection practices, record keeping, enforcement actions, and legal recourses as well as minimum construction standards, fire resistant construction techniques, notification and suppression systems, and proper planning. Historical aspect is covered to help show how codes are developed. See when this course is offered ...
FP116 Code Enfrcmnt-Fire Safe Design
FP116 Fire & Emergency Service Leadership and Safety C-3 Cr-3 This course introduces the principles of fire safety and emergency service organizational leadership and safety emergency procedures. It also focuses on cultural changes with regard to fire and emergency services. See when this course is offered ...
FP119 Physical Training
This course prepares the fire recruit for passing the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Recruits are required to attend physical training daily for one and a half hours. Training consists of muscular strength training, muscular endurance training, aerobic capacity training, and functional training specific to firefighting. See when this course is offered ...
FP120 Live Fire Training
This course exercises the culmination of knowledge gained during the entire training program. Students are given a firefighting assignment, and expected to accomplish it safely and effectively. This training is conducted at the department’s live burn training tower in a safe environment following all guidelines set Fourth in NFPA 1403 and all applicable NYS standards. See when this course is offered ...
Students must contact the Utica Fire Academy Director at 315-223-7227 prior to applying for this program. MVCC has an agreement with the Utica Fire Academy and can not guarantee admissions into the Academy. To complete the degree requirements a student must successfully complete course work at the Utica Fire Academy.

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