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Fire Fighter I/II

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Become a State of Florida Certified Firefighter II. Students will learn how protect life and property by managing all phases of fire suppression, prevention, inspection and rescue. Students will be instructed to recognize, identify and mitigate all aspects of hazardous situations including fire control, search and rescue, forcible entry, ventilation, hazmat, vehicle extrication, ropes and knots, RIT, FF survival as well as extinguish and mitigate live fire scenarios including vehicles, dumpsters, propane and Class A burn building fires. This program is approved by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.

The following table illustrates the program structure.

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
FFP0010 A Fire Fighter I (Core) 206
FFP0020 B Fire Fighter II (Core) 192
    Total Program Hours 398
    Practical & Written Exams and Review 40
    Total Hours 438

For more information, please visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy's website.


398 hours plus 40 hours Practical & Written Exams and Review

The mission of the Fort Myers Fire Academy is:

* To offer the highest quality vocational and technical Firefighting programs
* To train highly competent recruits
* To assist our graduates with employment in the fire service
* To enable certified & employed firefighters to upgrade their job skills for career advancement through advanced and specialized training
* To respond to the educational needs of the citizens, communities, and industries in the Academy’s service area
* To develop into the highest quality fire school in the State of Florida through the implementation of continuous improvements.


The Southwest Florida Public Service Academy is certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission and the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Commission to train cadets to become Florida state-certified police officers, correctional officers, probation and parole officers, and firefighters.

In addition to training basic recruits, the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy also provides advanced and specialized training courses which are designed to provide for the continuing education and training needs of officers and firefighters after their basic certification.

Steps to Enroll

To apply for admission into the Minimum Standards Firefighter Recruit program, each applicant must be at least 18 years of age; score at or above the 10th grade level on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) *Applicants with a 2 year degree or higher are not required to take the TABE; have a standard high school diploma or G.E.D; have no felony convictions; have no misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude; be of good moral  character; have passed a physical examination by a licensed Florida physician – EKG included; possess a valid Florida driver’s license; have proof of hospitalization/accident insurance; submit fingerprints for a successful background investigation; be affiliated or be willing to become affiliated with an active fire department; present a current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR certification or proof of a current EMT (or above) certification. For complete admission requirements, please visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy's website or call (239) 334-3897.


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