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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.

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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 will be accepted through December 4, 2019 for the Spring 2020 Fire Academy Training that prepares you to become a firefighter in the state of Florida.

The admissions process is two parts: the General EFSC Admissions Application and the limited access Public Safety Application so please review all of the information on this page and allow time for both parts of the process by the published Fire Academy deadlines.

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.)

You can also review estimated expenses and frequently asked questions about the program plus view the Spring Term program flyer.

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

Request Appointment for Advising

Step 2:  Apply for General Admission to Eastern Florida State College

Complete and properly submit the application for general admission to Eastern Florida State College. 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. Complete all general admissions requirements with the main EFSC Admissions office.

Please note that EFSC was closed for Winter Break from December 13 - January 5. Applications received during that time and since January 6 are now being processed in the order they were received and processing time can take up to seven business days. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter. If you do not have all admission requirements met prior to the full term start on January 13, EFSC does offer a 12-week term which starts on February 10.

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.

Check for Registration Holds that may prevent you from registering for courses. Click to learn more about how to clear holds.

Step 4:  Complete Online Application for Fire Fighter Program

After you have received your general EFSC Admissions Acceptance letter or if you are a current EFSC student, complete the online Public Safety Institute Application. Your general admissions acceptance letter will include your Student ID number and password required to access your myEFSC account so you can log in and submit the limited access Public Safety application. The limited access application is in addition to the general application and MUST be properly submitted by the application deadline.

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

Contact Us

Jessica Antus, Program Specialist
Palm Bay Campus, Building 6, Room 106

Request Appointment for Advising

Bill Klein
Program Manager
Palm Bay Campus
Building 6, Room 106

Scott Manning
Assistant Program Coordinator /
Fire Academy Chief
Palm Bay Campus
Building 6, Room 110

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