Fire Fighter / EMT


Program Content:

The Firefighter portion of this program prepares students for entry-level Firefighter positions in fire service. Introduction to Fire Science is a required course to obtain certification as a Florida State Firefighter. Students may apply for direct admission and must meet all entrance requirements.

The Firefighter I & II (Minimum Standards) State Certification course for firefighters is a mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging program that includes extensive classroom and practical elements.

The program meets requirements for certification as a firefighter set forth by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Included in the Firefighter I & II program is the written and practical portions of the State Firefighter I & II Certification Examination.

*NOTE: This is a COMBINED program. Please refer to the Emergency Medical Technician–ATD brochure for information regarding the EMT portion of the program.

Firefighter Admissions Required Forms:

Program Length:

This program offers both day and evening classes. It is approximately 4.5 months in length (398 hours), not including the EMT portion.
*The entire Program (FF/EMT) length is 698 hours.

Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:

  • Fire Fighter II
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Obtainment Time Frame: Within 2 years of program completion

Entrance/Exit Requirements:

The required basic skills grade levels are Reading-10, Math-10 and Language-10 and must be met prior to program completion or a Florida High School Graduate after 2007 is assessed through the TABE. (Test of Adult Basic Education).

Applicants must also:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Provide proof of medical/physical examination, including an electrocardiogram (EKG) before the required Physical Agility Test
  • Complete a fingerprint & criminal background check
  • Be in excellent physical condition to participate in strenuous physical activity in hostile environments without restrictions
  • Pass the Suncoast Fire Science Academy Physical Agility Test
  • Take the TABE test prior to the Mandatory Meeting

Standard Occupations:

For specific occupation information, including wages, employment trends and more, visit the following links:


Emergency Medical Techs & Paramedics

Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

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Course Campus Location(s):

Sarasota and Fire Science Academy Extension

Course Sequence:


Course #

Course Title



FFP0010Fire Fighter 1206 hrs

Fire Fighter 2192 hrs

Emergency Medical Technician - ATD300 hrs

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