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Firefighter Minimum Standards, O.C.

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Banner Code: FIRF

Occupational Certificate

(438 clock hours) (14.6 occupational credits)

Offering of this program is subject to the approval of the Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST).

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to summarize fire department policies, procedures, and organizational principles as they apply to the expectations of entry level fire department personnel.
  2. Students will be able to apply firefighter safety and health practices through the selection and application of equipment for given firefighting tasks.
  3. Students will be able to summarize physical and chemical changes that occur with fire, and understand the effects of fire on common building materials.
  4. Students will be able to identify and demonstrate knowledge of different sources of fire suppression, to include portable fire extinguisher systems, static water sources, and pump operated systems.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of strategies related to building searches, ventilation, ladder deployment, and fire attack tactics.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate through written reports, radio transmissions, and face to face interactions.

The Firefighter program offers training to prepare an individual to become certified as a firefighter. Students successfully completing the First Responder and Firefighter I courses are eligible for certification as volunteer firefighters (Letter of Completion). Students successfully completing all three courses are eligible to sit for the state Minimum Standards written and practical examinations. Passing these examinations qualifies an individual for certification from the BFST as a FF-II and issuance of a Letter of Compliance allowing for employment as a firefighter. The Emergency Services First Responder course may be waived for those individuals who are certified as EMTs or Paramedics.

Students must pass the TABE examination at the 10th grade level for English, Reading, and Math, or be exempt from this requirement, in order to earn the certificate.

To be eligible for admission into this program a student must:

  • Pass a physical exam compliant with Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 69A-37.037,
  • Complete a background screen,
  • Submit a supplementary program application, and
  • be at least 18 years of age



Required Courses: 438 clock hours, 14.6 occupational credits

Firefighter Minimum Standards Total: 438 clock hours, 14.6 occupational credits

Notes: Students who have completed EMS 1059C  or EMS 1119  and EMS 1119L  and EMS 1431C  may substitute that for FFP 0141C . Students who are current EMTs or Paramedics should request a waiver of FFP 0141C .

*Students must have successfully completed FFP 0010C  and be a state certified firefighter (Letter of Completion) to enroll in FFP 0020C .

Minimum Scores of 10 in the reading, math and language sections of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) are required by the end of the program.

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