Begin a career as a firefighter
Why earn a firefighter certification?
If you have a strong desire to help others and be part of a growing and diverse profession that helps protect communities from fires and other emergencies, Gulf Coast State College can help prepare you to become a firefighter.
The fire academy within the Division of Public Safety is certified as a training center by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. In addition, our program is accredited by the State of Florida’s Department of Insurance, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, and the Department of Education. Graduates of the firefighter or fire inspection programs are eligible to apply for the Florida State Firefighter examination.
The Firefighter Minimum Standards Program is the beginning level of fire service training. Students receive extensive classroom and practical training in first responder to medical emergencies, hazardous materials, tactics, ropes, entry, support, prevention, extinguishers and other fire-related subjects.
The day program last approximately six months, and classes meet from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The night program last approximately eight months, and classes meet from 5:45pm to 9:45 pm on Monday through Thursday. Occasional weekend classes may be required to complete training exercises.
Fire Inspector and Special Fire Inspector are higher levels of Fire Service Training. Fire Inspectors receive additional training in prevention, system devices, building and fire codes, building construction, blueprint reading and plans examination. Fire inspectors are frequently employed by agencies to perform building inspections.