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    The next part-time academy begins in April 2014.

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Firefighting Academy

  • Firefighter jobs

    Our academy prepares you to become a firefighter.


    To become a professional firefighter in Florida, you must have:

    • EMT-Basic certification
    • Firefighter II certification
    • Completed Firefighter Minimum Standards Certified training (such as SPC's) OR
    • Have received an equal amount of training in another state
  • Become a firefighter

    As a firefighter, you often risk your life to protect the public. The St. Petersburg College Firefighting Academy prepares you for this challenging and rewarding career at its cutting-edge Fire and Public Safety Training Center.

    Our academy is certified as a training center by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Once you complete the academy courses, you earn a Firefighting I and II certificate and are qualified to take the state certification exam.

    What you learn

    • Fire service orientation and culture
    • Physical fitness training
    • Fire chemistry
    • Building construction
    • Firefighter safety
    • Methods of fire control and suppression
    • Use and construction of:
      • Fire hose and appliances
      • Fireservice ladders and application
  • Fire Academy schedule and length

    The Fire Academy consists of 450 hours of training and is usually offered as a full-time and part-time academy.

    Full-time academy 

    • 12 weeks
    • 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Monday through Friday
    • Usually offered September through December and January through April.

    Part-time academy 

    • 23 weeks
    • 5 to 10 p.m. two nights a week and 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday
    • Usually offered April through September
  • How to get in

    You need to complete Medical First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic training before attending SPC's Fire Academy.

    How to apply to the Firefighting Academy

    1. Take the Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
      You need to register in advance for this test. Contact the program office at 727-302-6873 for test dates and registration information. You must pass the PAT to proceed to step 3.
      Need some help preparing for the PAT? Register for the Physical Abilities Prep Class.
    2. Contact an Advisor
      Contact Gabrielle Bain or James Angle at 727-302-6873 for advising.
    3. Apply to SPC
      Complete SPC's online admission application
      Request your high school and college transcripts
      Take the College Placement Test (unless you have a college degree or have taken the EMT program at SPC).
    4. Apply for State Certification
      Complete the application packet for Firefighter Certification, available after you pass the PAT.
      Bring your completed application packet to the Fire Training Center on the dates announced at the PAT.
    5. Verify your EMT Certification
      You must provide either:
      Proof that you are a current Emergency Medical Responder, Florida EMT or Paramedic OR
      Proof that you are currently enrolled in an EMT Program and ensure you will complete the EMT lecture, lab, and clinical components of the program prior to your first day of the Firefighting Academy.
      CAUTION: If you are attending an EMT Program at another institution, you must verify that your schedule will allow you to complete at least 75% of the EMT Program and that there are no scheduling conflicts with your classes at the Firefighting Academy.
    6. Register
      If you are accepted into the program, you will complete a registration form at the Fire Training Center. You then register and pay tuition at the EpiCenter.
  • Fire Academy Costs

    Since the Fire Academy is postsecondary adult vocational training, students are not eligible for financial aid. However, Florida Prepaid can be applied toward Fire Academy tuition.

    Fees must be paid up front.

    Assistance for Veterans

    Financial assistance is available to veterans who qualify. Contact the Veterans Services Office at 727-341-4271 for more information.

  • SPC Fire Training Center

    Fire and Public Safety Training Center
    5005 126th Ave. N
    Clearwater, FL 33760

    From Northern Pinellas County:  

    • Drive south on U.S. 19
    • Exit to the right at Ulmerton Road
    • Turn left under the U.S. 19 overpass
    • Head east on Ulmerton Road
    • Turn right (south) at 49th Street (at the traffic light)
    • Turn right (west) on 126th Ave North
    • Location is a block down on the right

    From Southern Pinellas County:  

    • Drive north on U.S. 19
    • Exit to the right at Ulmerton Road and head east
    • Turn right (south) at 49th Street (at the traffic light)
    • Turn right (west) on 126th Ave North
    • Location is a block down on the right

    From Tampa:  

    • Drive west on the Howard Franklin Bridge
    • Take exit 31 for Ulmerton Road (SR 688)
    • Turn left (south) at 49th Street North (at the traffic light)
    • Turn right (west) on 126th Ave North
    • Location is a block down on the right