Basic Recruit Academy

If you are ready for a challenging and rewarding career helping others in need, firefighting may be for you.
 
The Basic Fire Recruit Academy meets the minimum educational requirements to be a certified combat firefighter in the State of Florida. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for a successful fire science career. Throughout the program, you will be challenged to function as a member of a team with team building exercises and you'll test your skills in real-world scenarios. 
 
Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to take the state written and practical examination administered by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. 
 
This is a selective admission program. Applicants must complete and pass a multi-step application process to be accepted. 
The Fire Academy program consists of 398 hours of training with hours being incorporated into either of the two Academy schedule options.
 
Daytime Academy:
Approximately 13 Weeks in Length
Generally Meets Monday-Friday (Daytime Hours)
7:30am-4:30pm
 
Evening Academy:
Approximately 28 Weeks in Length
Generally Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
From 6:00pm-10:00pm
And Saturday
From 7:30am-4:30pm
 
Course Number Title Clock Hours
FFPV010 Firefighting Academy I 206
FFPV020 Firefighting Academy II 192
     
  Total Clock Hours 398
Prior to admissions, students must have completed the EMT or Paramedic training program and must have passed the State/National certification exam.
 
Class size is limited and may fill prior to application deadline.
 
Students must also meet the following requirements:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must possess good moral character
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving perjury or false statements as an adult, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication
  • Must pass a medical examination
  • Must have the ability to participate in vigorous physical activities without restrictions
  • Must have a valid Florida driver license or be capable of obtaining one
  • Must not use tobacco or tobacco products
  • Must pass the physical agility entrance test
 
The Basic Recruit Fire Academy is a multi-step admission process.
 
Step 1: Preliminary Application
 
To start the application process, the applicant must submit the following items together:
  • Completed Preliminary Application
  • Copy of your EMT/Paramedic Certification
 
Application cut-off date for each class will be 4 weeks prior to the orientation date. Dates are subject to change and classes may fill prior to
the Preliminary Application Deadline
 
 
 
Step 2: Attend Mandatory Orientation
 
Once you have successfully turned in both components of the Preliminary Application, your selection process will begin. 
 
Orientation dates are printed within the Preliminary Application under the Class Schedules. If you have successfully turned in a completed Preliminary Application and have not received confirmation through email of your seat at orientation, please contact the Fire Science Department.
 
 
Step 3: Medical Physical and Hearing Test
 
Medical physical and hearing test forms will be handed out at orientation.
 
Both tests are mandatory and will be scheduled for you. Tests will not be rescheduled for any reason if the applicant misses their appointment.
 
 
Step 4: Physical Agility Test (PAT) for Fire Science 
 
You must pass the PAT for Fire Science with an acceptable completion time.
 
Each academy class will have an assigned Practice Physical Agility Test and Physical Agility Test. The costs for these tests are below.
 
Practice Physical Agility Test
$25.00
 
Physical Agility Test
$50.00
 
The Fire Academy allows you to start a successful career in the Fire Service.
 
A few of the possible career options are:
 
Career Opportunity General Salary Range*
Municipal Firefighter $36,940-$79,497
*Salary ranges represent typical starting salaries to highly experienced workers. These ranges can differ depending on city, county, and state.
 
To learn more about pay ranges, growth, and local job posting,
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After graduation, obtaining a certification and/or joining an association can be one of the most important steps that you can make in career development. These steps can provide everything from career advancement to industry recognition.
 
Karen Elmore
Fire Science Office Clerk
772-462-7951
Mike Kemp
Director
772-462-7968