Fire Protection Technology Careers and Salaries


Firefighters work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Airport fire teams
  • Chemical plant and other industrial site fire teams
  • Emergency medical service (EMS) units
  • Hazardous materials units
  • National park and forest fire teams
  • Urban and rural fire departments

Between alarms, firefighters:

  • Clean and maintain equipment
  • Conduct practice drills and fire inspections
  • Participate in physical fitness activities
  • Prepare written reports on fire incidents
  • Review fire science literature to keep abreast of technological developments and changing administrative practices and policies

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

According to America’s Career InfoNet, fire protection-related jobs offer the following average salaries in Texas. Your professional advancement will depend on your level of continued education and work experience, along with the size of city and part of the country that you work in.

Job Hourly Rate Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2020
EMTs and paramedics $15.04 $31,300 +29%
Firefighters $21.92 $45,600 +18%
Fire inspectors and investigators $26.66 $55,500 +18%
First-line supervisors of firefighters and prevention workers $34.37 $71,500 +18%
$17.20 $35,800 +25%
Occupational health and safety specialists $32.62 $67,800 +22%
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers $25.19 $52,400 +17%

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*Numbers represent entire U.S. State numbers are unavailable.

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Vote Now! Pick the Winner of #instadcccd Instagram Contest

instaVote now to pick the winner of our #instadcccd Instagram contest! Lots of photos were entered, and you get to pick the best one. We narrowed the photos down to the top five, but the winner is up to you.

To vote, pick your favorite photo from our survey below. The survey closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. The winner gets an iPod Nano and an ad on the DCCCD home page showing their winning photo, so pick carefully!

Vote now!

See all of the #instadcccd contest entries. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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We’ve Cut the Cost of Textbooks

photo of studentsWe have great news! You can save as much as $670 when you buy textbooks.

DCCCD’s new contract with textbook company Follett does away with a commission on the cost of textbooks. That means whether you buy new or used textbooks from your college bookstore, you benefit directly. On average, you will save $600 over two years.

“This new bookstore contract is one concrete way in which DCCCD can meet our board of trustees’ strategic priorities that focus on promoting student success and removing barriers to college completion,” said DCCCD Chancellor Joe May.

Based on a review of textbook costs in 2014, a full-time student at one of the seven colleges of DCCCD who took 15 credit hours per semester, over four semesters, paid about $1,965 for books. The contract will save $536 to $670, or a cost reduction of more than 33 percent. Savings will vary, based on whether you buy new or used textbooks as well as how many semesters and credit hours you are enrolled.

Students who want to rent textbooks can keep doing that. Since the textbook rental program began in the district in 2014, more than 106,000 students have participated, saving an estimated $2.6 million.

Saving you money — just one more way DCCCD is helping you to succeed.

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Career Fairs: Two Today, More in April

photo of student holding job fair signTwo of our colleges have career fairs Wednesday, March 25: Mountain View College and Richland College.

Find out the complete schedule of career fairs at the colleges of DCCCD.

Friends or Family Are Welcome

Our career fairs are not just for you. Friends or family who are job-hunting are welcome.

Get Help From Career Centers

Your college’s Career Center sponsors the career fairs. Each center offers lots of other services, too. Go by your college’s Career Center to see how it can help you!

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Apply Soon for These Three Great Scholarships

Happy students studyingApply by Friday, April 3 for these three DCCCD scholarships:

  1. LeCroy Scholars Program: Outstanding leadership and academics are two of the main requirements for this scholarship. Get full tuition and books for the remainder of your two-year program!
  2. Muse Scholars Program: High performers get support for tuition, books and additional fees that their certificate program or degree plan might require. Scholarship recipients demonstrate community leadership, a strong sense of purpose, a deep work ethic and clear educational goals.
  3. Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Scholarship: This scholarship is presented to students based on their courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. It pays for tuition and books for the remainder of your two-year program.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

Find out more about the many other DCCCD Foundation scholarships.

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Kinky Boots Costume Design (Student Blogger)


This post is written by Annabell Talavera, a spring student blogger and El Centro College Fashion Design student.

A couple of weeks ago, my classmates and I attended the musical Kinky Boots because last semester we were challenged to create a costume inspired by the show. My wonderful professor was able to work with the Dallas Music Hall and actually got our costumes on display for the entire run of the show!

Words can’t explain the excitement that I felt when I turned the corner and saw my costume — I could hear the angels sing! It is the first time any of my designs have been on display. At that moment, I knew that the sleepless nights my partner, Marla, and I endured were totally worth it. It was great for both of us to finally make something completely out of our box and to create a costume that is all about the sparkle!

The best part of the whole night was seeing all the attention our costumes received. Watching people who were amused by our creations, taking pictures, commenting on their favorites and taking the time to read our bios — it felt great! The musical had great performances and awesome costumes with extremely talented actors.

Afterwards, we were able to speak to some of the cast members. It was awesome hearing their back stories and what it’s like to perform for an award-winning musical. My mind was blown by the behind-the-scenes information they gave us, the detail in the costumes and the entire process costume designers go through to get everything fitted perfectly on every actor. The whole night was surreal, definitely one for the books — such a blessing!

Check out the costumes below. Marla and I designed the black and silver costume with the cage and black bodysuit.

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Want to see the costumes up close? The costumes are now display at the Fashion Design department display window at El Centro in building C. Check it out!

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Career and Leadership Focus at Las Llaves del Éxito This Weekend

llavesCareers and leadership take center stage at Las Llaves del Éxito Leadership and Career Spring Symposium this Saturday, March 28 at Cedar Valley College.

The symposium encourages students to explore their academic and career interests while developing leadership skills essential for their success.

Saturday’s topics include:

  • leadership
  • career exploration
  • internships
  • writing resumes and cover letters
  • starting a business (for parents)

When: Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Cedar Valley College


  • Admission and breakfast are free.
  • Participants can pre-register at
  • Complete a Llaves Passport for a chance to win a $500 DCCCD scholarship and other prizes.
  • Registration is not required to attend, but it is required for a chance to win the scholarship!

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