About the program:
The online program provides a curriculum that, when completed, will award graduates with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection. The degree program is a total of 60 semester credit hours which includes the Basic Fire Academy training. Students who have completed the Kilgore College Basic Fire Academy (or any TCFP-recognized academy) will receive 23 institutional credithours credit toward their degree and take the remaining 37 hours online. Firefighters who complete the program will have better promotional opportunities and will be more marketable in the field. If you successfully complete the Kilgore College Basic Fire Academy, you can then work toward your AAS in Fire Protection. Because state law requires that at least one-fourth of any degree’s coursework be completed at the degree-awarding institution, students must complete at least 15 semester credit hours of academic courses in the Fire Protection degree before Kilgore College can award credit toward the degree for the Fire Academy.
Interested in the program? Come see us!
KC encourages anybody who is interested in the program to come see us and apply for financial aid if they need it through our Financial Aid Office on campus (financial aid is available for all courses within the degree except for Firefighter I-XII). Students who have never taken courses at KC will need to apply to KC first and choose FIRT/Fire Protection as your intended major. Returning students who have been out more than a semester will need to fill out a Student Update Form from the Registrar's Office.
How will the degree help me?
An online Associate's Degree in Fire Protection Technology will prepare students for a variety of positions in the fire protection technology sector. Students, upon graduation, can gain employment in the municipal and industrial fire protection field, as well as the support and marketing of fire suppression and detection systems. Graduates may also be able to find employment in safety departments that specialize in fire prevention and suppression. An online associate degree in Fire Protection Technology will allow students to specialize in a certain area of fire protection and also prepare them for advancement to a bachelor's degree.
How to become a TCFP state-certified firefighter:
In order to become a Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) state-certified firefighter, an individual must successfully complete the basic fire academy and either the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. Kilgore College offers both the EMR and the EMT option for students who wish to complete the TCFP firefighter-certification requirements through our program. Course numbers are listed below.
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
- Course No.: EMSP-1005
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Course Nos.: EMSP-1001 & EMSP-1060 (Clinicals)
Upon completion of the TCFP basic fire suppression course and either of the emergency medical certification courses, students will be eligible for state certification per Texas Administrative Code Title 37, Part 13, Chapter 423.