Fire Protection Technology

The Fire Protection Technology curriculum is designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary for advancement within the fire protection community and related firefighting industries. The program also offers a sound foundation for continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration, and management.

Coursework includes fire prevention and safety, public education, building construction, fire ground strategies and tactics, and local government finance and laws, as they apply to emergency services management. Students will learn technical and administrative skills such as hydraulics, hazardous materials, arson investigation, fire protection safety, fire suppression management, law and code.

Employment opportunities may exist with providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, and educational and government agencies.

FESHE Recognition

FESHE LogoRowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Fire Protection Technology program has demonstrated a commitment to the nationally recognized Fire & Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model of standardized professional development education criteria.

The FESHE Recognition certificate is an acknowledgement that a collegiate emergency services degree program meets the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA).

Program Chair
Lee Ennis

Lee Ennis


North Campus

North Carolina is ranked third nationally for the highest concentration of firefighter jobs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, firefighters have an average salary of $31,750 in the state of North Carolina as of May 2020.

Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030 in North Carolina.

Intense competition is expected for entry into firefighter careers, despite 17,500 new firefighter positions anticipated to open during the 2018-2028 decade.

The Fire Protection Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is of vital importance to the fire service. Higher Education in this field of choice is a valuable and necessary component for successfully leading today’s fire service. The FIP program at Rowan-Cabarrus is specifically designed to provide the future leaders in the fire service with the tools needed to provide world class fire protection.

Ray Allen

Fire Chief (Retired), City of Concord

I am continually impressed with the quality of education and training that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides for the fire service. The new state of the art training facility along with a high level of commitment from the instructors and staff has helped to provide a knowledgeable, skilled group of graduates to enhance our department’s workforce. Thank you for your efforts to train and educate our industry!

Tracy Winecoff

Fire Chief, Kannapolis Fire Department

The Fire Protection degrees I earned at Rowan-Cabarrus have been the foundation of my entire 40-year fire service career. Still today, on a daily basis, I rest many decisions and operations upon the lessons and experiences I gained while being a student in the Rowan-Cabarrus Fire Protection program. The educational hours and certifications earned were easily transferred to my 4-year program and specialized programs at the National Fire Academy and the UNC School of Government.
Bob Parnell

Fire Chief, City of Salisbury

We feel confident at HFD that furthering one’s education is the pathway for success in the fire service and life in general. Rowan-Cabarrus provides the valuable tools needed to educate our firefighters for their future roles within the fire service.
Bryan Dunn

Fire Chief, Harrisburg Fire Department