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The Fire Training Academy offers persons interested in becoming a firefighter excellent training that will prepare them in meeting the state Fire Fighter standards. Eastern Florida State College also offers multiple courses to enhance employment opportunities as a fire fighter — view our recommended career/educational pathways.
Fire Training Academy students can earn the Fire Fighter, Florida Minimum Standards Career and Technical Certificate (CTC), which is 398 total clock hours.
Important Note: First Responder (40 Hours) or higher equivalency, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the prerequisite to enter the Fire Training Academy. EFSC does not offer the First Responder Course. EFSC does offer Emergency Medical Technician every semester at EFSC.
To meet community needs, EFSC offers two minimum standards programs:
• Full Time Day Class - designed for students who can commit to a demanding day time schedule. Classes are from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM, Monday through Thursday, for approximately three months.
• Part Time Night / Weekend – designed for students who need to work while attending the academy. Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 PM until 10 PM; Saturday and Sunday 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM (Selected weekends off). Training lasts approximately five months.
Fire Fighter Application Steps
Step 1: Check Deadlines, Review Info Packet & Work with Advisor
Applications are being accepted through December 4, 2018 for the Spring 2019 Fire Academy Training that prepares you to become a firefighter in the state of Florida.
Applications will be accepted through June 14, 2019 for the Fall 2019 Fire Academy Training that prepares you to become a firefighter in the state of Florida.
Important Note: All interested persons should request and read the Firefighter Information Packet prior to applying for the program. (Please Note: That link will open an email that
you must create and send for the packet to be sent via return email.)
Because this is a limited access program with many variables and a special application requirement, it's important for prospective students to understand that there are application deadline dates and that the prerequisite for the fire academy is a 40 Hour First Responder course (not offered at EFSC) or higher equivalency Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). EMT is offered each semester at EFSC.
Contact Information: Jessica Antus, Palm Bay Campus
Building 6, Room 106
Step 2: Apply for General Admission to Eastern Florida State College
Complete and properly file the application for general admission to Eastern Florida State College, prior to program application deadline. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee for admission that must be submitted at the time of application to the college. This application is available online or from EFSC's Campus Admissions Offices. Complete all admissions requirements with the General Admissions office.
NOTE: This step pertains ONLY to those students who are not currently enrolled with the college. If you’re a returning/readmit student who applied to EFSC one or more years ago and have not completed a course in the past year, you must re-apply and can do so online and will not be charged the general EFSC application fee.
Step 3: Verify General Admissions Requirements
ALL OFFICIAL college and/or high school transcripts or GED scores must be sent to:
College Admissions Office
Eastern Florida State College
1519 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, Florida 32922
Verify with the Admissions Office that you have met all College Admissions requirements.
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Step 4: Complete Online Application for Fire Fighter Program
Complete the online Public Safety Institute Application. This application is in addition to the general application and MUST be properly submitted by the application deadline. It can be submitted while you are completing general EFSC admissions requirements.
There is a $25 non-refundable fee for the Public Safety application which can be paid through your myEFSC online account or at a campus cashier's office no later than the application deadline.
Annual Application Deadlines
Fall Term Start - June 14th
Spring Term Start - December 4th
Jessica Antus, Program Specialist
Palm Bay Campus, Building 6, Room 106
Palm Bay Campus
Building 6, Room 106
Assistant Program Coordinator /
Fire Academy Chief
Palm Bay Campus
Building 6, Room 110