The following table illustrates the program structure.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.
For more information, visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy’s web site.
492 hours + 40 hours Practical & Written Exams & Review
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 Wonderlic *Applicants with a 2 year degree or higher are not required to take the Wonderlic; 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.
- John Wayne, Fire Program Coordinator
- (239) 334-3416