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To meet the challenges of a career in fire protection, you need training that prepares you with technical knowledge and hands-on experience. Hennepin Tech's Fire Protection program provides you with educational opportunities ranging from technical certificates to a baccalaureate degree pathway. From the basics of fire suppression, hazardous materials and fire inspection/investigation to preparing for leadership responsibilities, Hennepin Tech's Fire Protection program helps you develop the skills to succeed.



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Labs and Classrooms

When you walk into our learning labs at HTC it is like walking into a fire station. We boast four pumper trucks with pumping capacity of over 1200 gallons of water per minute. We also have a 100-foot tower ladder. Our outside lab facilities include a 70- foot high training tower, two car fire props, one propane live fire simulator, two class A live fire simulators, one USAR structural collapse simulator, and numerous ventilation and fire simulators.

Supplies / Tools

Fire program students wear the following uniform:  t-shirt, blue uniform pants, black uniform belt, and black uniform shoes or boots. If students are not affiliated with a local fire department, there is a rental fee of $100 for structural firefighting gear.

Entry Requirements

Students registering for Firefighter 1, Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Operations must have the HTC Medical Release Form completed prior to the start of class.  Students who do not have the release form completed by a medical professional will not be allowed to take these classes.  This release is valid for one calendar year. 

Medical Release

Students will be given a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) FIT test in these classes. This test is valid for one calendar year in the HTC Fire Program.

Work Environment

The work environment of a firefighter is physically demanding, from carrying equipment to pulling hose lines full of water to pulling walls and ceilings apart.  It could be hot or cold, stressful, and mentally challenging. Students will work inside structures that are on fire and high above the ground, cutting apart roofs in order to ventilate a fire. The work environment is ever-changing and challenging.

Job Outlook / Gainful Employment

Competition for firefighting positions is expected, with openings created by retirements or workers leaving the field. Some jobs may be created as volunteer firefighting positions are changed to paid positions.

Possible job titles include: Firefighter, Fire Motor/Apparatus Operator, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Captain and Fire Chief.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:


Average salary for firefighters in Minnesota is $16.40 per hour; for fire inspectors, $30.31 per hour. (Source:

Potential Job Titles

Firefighter, Fire Motor/Apparatus Operator, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Captain, Fire Chief


If you wish to continue your education after graduating from Hennepin Tech, you can search for valid articulation agreements here:

Minnesota Transfer Website

Awards & Certifications

Our advisory board consists of local fire service leaders and departments who have a clear interest in high quality fire service education.

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