Fire Protection Services

Fire Protection Services

About the Program

The Fire Protection program provides courses leading to an AAS degree in Fire and Arson Investigation Technology.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Skills Award

AREA OF STUDY: Public Safety, Transportation & Consumer Services

Degrees and Certificates

Program Outcomes



Identify the Basics of Fire Behavior


Describe the Procedures for Conducting a Fire Inspection


Create an Incident Action Plan


Inspect the Performance of Building Systems

Program Information

General Requirements

The AAS degree in Fire and Arson Investigation Technology provides advanced training and education in fire and arson investigation techniques and topics. The curriculum includes courses from the Criminal Justice program.
In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.


Mission, Vision and Values


The Houston Community College System Fire Technology Department is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering associate degrees, certificates, academic preparation, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities that prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in an increasing international and technological society.

The Fire Protection Technology Program will provide:

  • Affordable and accessible education
  • Workforce development
  • Customized training
  • Continuing education
  • Specialized training
  • An environment conducive to learning
  • Quality instruction


The Fire Protection Technology Department will be:

  • A department that is recognized for its educational excellence and its commitment to learning.
  • The choice of individuals who seek academic advancement in their professional career.
  • The choice of individuals who want to enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities to do a better job in serving the public.
  • A leader in technology and creative education for the fire service.
  • An integral part of the economic and educational life of the community through quality partnerships and responsiveness to community needs.


The Fire Protection Technology Department affirms these values:

  • Commitment to learning
  • Dedication to excellence
  • Academic integrity
  • Creative thinking
  • Respect for individuals
  • Respect for organizational goals
  • Exceeding expectations and standards
  • Appreciation for diversity
  • A high regard for safety



Certification for Women

Think it's not for women? Think again!

Women are becoming more visible in the field of Fire Science and Safety Technology, drawn by good pay and ample challenges. As the need for firefighters continues to grow, Houston Community College Northeast is offering students several related degree and certificate programs.

The Basic Firefighter Certificate program is designed to meet all of the requirements of the fire-training phase of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection's minimum standards for Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification. The total program consists of two levels of fire training: Basic Firefighter I and II. All classes are conducted at HCC's Public Safety Institute.

Call 713.718.5236 or 713.718.8370

Classes are starting soon in the Fire Protection Technology Program.


Fire Academy Admissions

Our admissions process has led to our reputation as a leading academic institution.

All Students must have the following :

  • First time student must apply on the HCCS home page under Future Students and complete the steps in applying to become a student with HCCS. Don’t forget to print out your student ID number.
  • Criminal Background checks – The Texas Commission on Fire Protection will not certify anyone who has a criminal history (Felony and Class A convictions). Each applicant must complete a criminal history check online at Please print out the email receipt as proof of payment.
  • Assessment Testing – All applicants are required to meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements before admission into the program. Student must complete the Compass or Asset Test or provide proof that they are exempt from testing by providing an official transcript from and accredited college or university.
  • Insurance Card – Because fire training is a high risk educational program, students are recommended to purchase an accident or health insurance policy on their own. If students do not have insurance, then a waiver will need to be signed stating that HCCS is not liable for any injuries in the classroom or on the training field.
  • Physical Exam – Physicals must be completed and Medical Exam Form filled out by physician and turned in on first day of class.
  • Dress and Physical Training Uniforms – Students must be in uniform on the first day of class
  • Bunker Gear Rentals – Reserve rental gear before the first day of class.

According to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, to be employed in the State of Texas candidates must be certified in both Basic Firefighter and Basic EMT or ECA. For more information on the HCC Emergency Medical Services Program, visit our website at



There are 203 Fire Investigators employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 7.4% over the next four years.

The estimated annual job openings is 11 jobs a year.
Median Wages - $30.54 hourly, $64,000 annually


Online Programs Restrictions

Some online programs may require up to 15% of their curriculum be taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Language Option Restrictions

Some online programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions

Some online programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Required Course Restrictions

Some online programs may require students to participate in one or more campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.  

Potential Course Restrictions

Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.



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Fire Protection Services

Newton Smith

Vedron Bordeaux

Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm