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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 I/II, Florida Minimum Standards Career and Technical Certificate (CTC), which is 492 total clock hours for the program's two modules as of the 2020-21 academic year.
Important Note: No medical training is required for entry into the Fire Training Academy, however applicants receive preference points for First Responder, EMT or Paramedic training. It is strongly recommended that applicants attend EMT class prior to entering the Fire Training Academy. EFSC does offer Emergency Medical Technician every semester.
To meet community needs, EFSC offers two minimum standards programs with a Fall or Spring start:
• Full Time Day Class – designed for students who can commit to a demanding day time schedule that lasts approximately three months. Classes are from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday for the Fire Fighter I module and 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Thursday for the Fire Fighter II module.
• Part Time Night / Weekend – designed for students who need to work while attending the Academy. Classes are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 PM until 10 PM plus Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM (With selected weekends off). Training lasts approximately five months.
Fire Fighter Application Steps
Step 1: Check Deadlines, Review Info Packet & Work with Advisor
Annual Application deadlines for Fire Academy Training that prepares you to become a firefighter in the state of Florida:
- Fall Term/August Start: Apply by June 14th
- Spring Term/January Start: Apply by December 4th
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.)
While medical training is not required for entry into the Fire Training Academy, applicants receive preference points for First Responder, EMT or Paramedic training. It is strongly recommended that applicants attend EMT class prior to entering the Fire Training Academy. EFSC does offer Emergency Medical Technician every semester.
You can also review estimated expenses and frequently asked questions about the program.
Because this is a limited access program with many variables and a special application requirement, it's important for prospective students to meet application deadline dates.
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 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 application processing can take up to 14 days due to the current volume of applications. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter.
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: New & Existing EFSC Students: Complete General Requirements & Check for Registration Holds
If you are a new EFSC student, your general admissions acceptance letter and email will list admissions requirements that you must complete to avoid holds that would prevent you from registering for courses if accepted into the firefighter program. You can also review how to complete these general requirements on EFSC's accepted students' page.
If you are an existing EFSC student, you need to verify that you do not have any holds that would prevent course registration if you are accepted into the program. Visit the Registration Holds webpage for details on how to check your EFSC Message Center for holds and how to clear them.
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 Student Accounts Business 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
Request Appointment for Advising
Palm Bay Campus
Building 6, Room 106
Assistant Program Coordinator /
Fire Academy Chief
Palm Bay Campus
Building 6, Room 110