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. 
All 2020 Fire Academy Classes are full.
Please check back for the 2021 Academy Schedules.
The Fire Academy program consists of 492 hours of training with hours being incorporated into either of the two Academy schedule options.
Daytime Academy:
Approximately 16 Weeks in Length
Generally Meets Monday-Friday (Daytime Hours)
Evening Academy:
Approximately 26-30 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
FFP0030 Firefighting Academy I 191
FFP0031 Firefighting Academy II 301
  Total Clock Hours 492
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 the application deadline.
Students must also meet the following requirements:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • 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
We are not currently accepting preliminary applications. Please check back for the 2021 Academy Schedule.
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 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.
Test Day Procedures
  • Please be present for the 8:30am test 15 minutes early to allow for check-in. No one will be admitted to the testing area after 8:30pm.
  • Please be present for the 1:00pm test 15 minutes early to allow for check-in. No one will be admitted to the testing area after 1:00pm
  • Drivers license and paid receipt are required for admittance
  • No personal items will be allowed in the testing area, including newspapers, backpacks, books, hats, purses, electronic equipment, cell phones, beverages, etc.
What to Bring/Wear
  • T-Shirt (Non-Offensive Writing)
  • Long Pants
  • Running Shoes
  • Gloves (Baseball or Workout with Fingers Covered)
  • Water
Practice Physical Agility Test
Physical Agility Test
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 $27,241-$68,001
*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 Assistant
Mike Kemp