Given the unique conditions that have developed in our country over the last several years in public safety and homeland security, the Fire Protection Technology Program has gained increasing importance The program is designed to meet the growing needs of the Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties and their neighboring communities for persons preparing for a career as a firefighter, fire and emergency service practitioner or engineer specialist.
The role of the firefighter has increased in complexity in recent years. The scope of responsibilities and knowledge requirements of a firefighter has grown significantly and now includes emergency medical services, assisting in the recovery from disasters, and responding to and recovering from hazardous materials incidents, building safety compliance issues, public education, wildlands fire fighting, mutual aid and more. The program is designed to prepare the students to perform as a firefighter and an effective member of a multi agency emergency response team. The program is designed to meet the guidelines established by the New York Emergency Management System and the National Interagency Integrated Management System (NIIMS) under the Department of Homeland Security. Field trips may include a visit to the regional Fire Training Center. The A.A.S. degree in Fire Protection Technology has already received SUNY and NYSED approval. The primary goals of the program are:
- Communicate effectively knowledge of Fire Science content areas, including fire safety critical incident command system, emergency planning, fire scene operations, fire exercise planning, fire and emergency operations center organization and management, leadership, resource planning, and utilization of national fire science operation guidelines.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, communications and management skills by analyzing situations, determining proper actions, understanding the costs and benefits of actions, evaluating possible alternatives and unforeseen circumstances, and then taking appropriate actions as an incident responder or manager.
- Possess the technical and general education courses needed to be able to pursue a baccalaureate degree in fire science or emergency management.
SUNY Rockland has taken a leadership role in developing the Fire Protection Technology curriculum and the Associate of Applied Sciences degree is currently available there. Students wishing to register in this program and participate via the Interactive Television Training Rooms will receive their degree from SUNY Rockland. Interested students should contact their home school Registrars office for assistance in the registration process.