Professional Firefighter

Program Description

The Professional Firefighter Diploma program was established to enhance the current Move onWhen Ready (MOWR) firefighter program already in the surrounding high schools. However, the diploma is not limited to high school students. High school graduates seeking firefighting as a profession will now have the choice of a diploma, rather than a TCC, to obtain firefighter certification.As an encouraging tool for MOWR,high school seniors can begin the diploma program their senior year and complete firefighter certification at Albany Technical College. High school students enrolled into the diploma will have the opportunity to earn college credits, as well as, receiving CPR Certification and several Incident Management certifications thru the National Incident Management System (NIMS); including NIMS 100, 200, and 700 certificates. Upon graduation from high school students enrolled into the diploma program will complete Firefighter I and Firefighter II certification at Albany Technical College.

Nature of the Work

Every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars. Fire fighters help protect the public against these dangers by responding to fires and a variety of other emergencies. Although they put out fires, fire fighters more frequently respond to other emergencies.They are often the first emergency personnel at the scene of a traffic accident or medical emergency and may be called upon to treat injuries or perform other vital functions. During duty hours, fire fighters must be prepared to respond immediately to a fire or other emergency. Fighting fires is complex and dangerous and requires organization and teamwork.At every emergency scene, fire fighters perform specific duties assigned by a superior officer. At fires, they connect hose lines to hydrants and operate a pump to send water to high-pressure hoses. Some carry hoses, climb ladders, and enter burning buildings—using systematic and careful procedures—to put out fires. At times, they may need to use tools to make their way through doors, walls, and debris, sometimes with the aid of information about a building’s floor plan. Some find and rescue occupants who are unable to leave the building safely without assistance.They also provide emergency medical attention, ventilate smoke-filled areas and attempt to salvage the contents of buildings. Fire fighters’ duties may change several times while the company is in action. Sometimes they remain at the site of a disaster for days at a time, rescuing trapped survivors, and assisting with medical treatment.

Job Outlook

Employment change. Employment of fire fighters is expected to grow by 19 percent over the 2008–18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Most job growth will stem from volunteer fire fighting positions being converted to paid positions. In recent years, it has become more difficult for volunteer fire departments to recruit and retain volunteers, perhaps because of the considerable amount of training and time commitment required. Furthermore, a trend toward more people living in and around cities has increased the demand for fire fighters.When areas develop and become more densely populated, emergencies and fires affect more buildings and more people and, therefore, require more fire fighters.


Median annual wages of fire fighters were $44,260 in May 2008.The middle 50 percent earned between $31,180 and $58,440.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $72,210. Median annual wages were $44,800 in local government, $45,610 in the Federal Government, $25,300 in other support services, and $37,870 in State governments.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Fire Fighters, on the Internet at

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Professional Firefighter Diploma (51 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
Professional Firefighter
occupational courses
COLL 1020 College Success
FRSC 1100 Introduction to the Fire Service
FRSC 1161 Fire Service Safety and Loss Control
FRSC 2120 Fire Protection Systems
FRSC 2130 Fire Service Building Construction
FRSC 1020 Basic Firefighter- Emergency Services Fundamentals
FRSC 1030 Basic Firefighter- MODULE I
FRSC 1040 Basic Firefighter- MODULE II
FRSC 1141 Hazardous Materials Operations
FRSC 1050 Fire and Life Safety EducatorI
FRSC 1060 Fire Prev,Preparedness&Maint
FRSC 1070 Intro to Technical Rescue
FRSC 1080 Fireground Operations

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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

Min. Scores
Sentence Skills
Reading Comp.

Instructors & Faculty

Flanigan, Frank