Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology

College of Justice and Safety
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Degree Options

On-Campus Degrees

Online Degrees

Who Would be Interested in Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology?

Students with an interest in:

  • Investigating fire damage
  • Researching why fire protective measures fail
  • Identifying how more effective fire prevention methods can be developed and designed

Why Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology?

Degree Benefits

  • The Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology Program is a unique program that provides you with the knowledge to investigate fire damage, research why protective measures failed, and identify how more effective fire prevention methods can be developed and designed.
  • Our Fire & Safety degrees are accredited through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
  • EKU Fire & Safety programs have been taught for more than 30 years.
  • Students in our programs will begin taking Fire & Safety classes their very first semester at EKU.
  • Students will have an opportunity to attend and be involved and participate in national conferences, including FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) and IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs).


The Fire & Safety Programs are housed in the Ashland Inc. Fire and Safety Laboratory. The facilities include a seven-room test burn building, fire chemistry and evidence inspection lab, fire extinguisher service lab, pump lab, sprinkler control valve room, and sprinkler flow room.

Learn from the Best

Faculty members in the fire and safety degree programs are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, research and dedication to the fire and safety fields. However, perhaps most importantly, the professors are especially dedicated to student success and are involved in every aspect of fire and safety.

Faculty are active in a number of professional organizations, including:

  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • International Society of Fire Service Instructors
  • International Association of Arson Investigators

Independent Study & Internship Opportunities

All students in the Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology program will complete a Co-op as part of the program requirements.

Examples of past co-ops include:

  • Fire departments (small and large)
  • Fire Department New York City
  • Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta Fire Departments
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Unified Fire Investigations
  • Federal law enforcement agencies: ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms) and FBI

Students can choose to work with a professor through an Independent Study, which allows them to pursue specific topics of interest.

  • Example: safety of space heaters
  • Several students' research has been published before they graduated and several have been accepted into the prestigious National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), where they work with the world's best fire researchers.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

Career Examples:

  • Fire Protection and Prevention Systems Designer
  • Building Inspector
  • Fire Safety Director
  • Insurance Company Consultant
  • Industrial Safety Specialist
  • Fire Protection and Safety Engineer
  • Fire Protection Technician

What are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology upon applying to the university.

Students will be required to take calculus, physics, and chemistry as part of the program requirements.

How Do I Get More Information?

B.S. in Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology
Contact Jacinda Bertie, Student Recruitment Specialist

For more information about an online degree,
Contact Lauren Childs, Online Enrollment Advisor

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?