Associate in Science
The Fire Science Technology Associate in Science degree program offers students a sequence of courses designed to provide the relevant technical knowledge needed to prepare students for entry or advancement in the fire service or a related fire protection field.
This program includes an embedded Limited Access Fire Science Cadet Academy option that provides recent high school graduates and other students interested in a fire-fighting career who can attend a full-time program the opportunity to earn the Fire Science Technology Associate in Science degree, an Emergency Medical Technician certification, and a Florida Firefighter certification. Students interested in the Fire Science Cadet Academy track option should contact the program manager for additional information.
Two technical certificates, Fire Officer Supervisor (6455) (T.C.) and Emergency Medical Technician (6394) (T.C.) , are included as options within this degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificate. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate, please contact an advisor to do so.
In addition to community fire departments, there are opportunities in government installations such as airports, as well as private fire-fighting companies. There is also a need for inspectors, investigators, forest rangers, and smoke jumpers. In all cases, employment is based on high test scores and outstanding skills.
Application Procedure (Fire Science Cadet Academy Track)
The Fire Science Cadet Academy track begins in the fall of each academic year.
Students interested in the Fire Science Cadet Academy track option are encouraged to pay careful attention to the application procedure and application requirements. Students selecting this option are encouraged to contact the program manager for additional information.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance into the Fire Cadet Academy Track option students must meet the following by the application deadline of July 15th each academic year:
- Be accepted into the Fire Science Technology (2911) (A.S.) Degree Program.
- Submit a request to participate in the Fire Science Cadet Academy Track for the academic year.
- Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the second semester of the academic year.
After acceptance into the Fire Science Technology (2911) (A.S.) degree program students must meet the application requirements for the Emergency Medical Technician (6394) (T.C.) and Firefighter (5820) (C.C.) programs and submit the following:
- Criminal background check (national).
- FDLE background investigation report.
- Drug screening.
- Medical examination for FST-2 from a licensed Florida physician.
- Proof of immunizations (rubella, German measles, mumps, varicella, H1N1 virus, hepatitis B, tuberculosis and flu shot).
- Polygraph examination.
- Lifetime driving history from each state in which you have been licensed.
- Pass a physical fitness test with a timed score of 7 minutes or less.
- Notarized copy of a statement of meeting minimum requirements of a fire fighter in the state of Florida.
- DD-214 if prior military.
Prior to beginning coursework within the Emergency Medical Technician (6394) (T.C.) program students must contact the EMS program manager prior to registering for classes. After acceptance into the Emergency Medical Technician (6394) (T.C.) program students must:
- Submit to a criminal background check (national);
- Submit to a drug screening;
- Submit to a physical examination;
- Provide proof of immunizations (rubella, German measles, mumps, varicella, H1N1 virus, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and flu shot).
- Provide proof of current Basic Life Support provider (BLS) card (front and back);
- Provide proof of current driver's license;
- Provide proof of current personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage; and
- Provide proof of current health insurance coverage.
Prior to beginning coursework within the Firefighter (5820) (C.C.) program students must submit the following:
- Digital fingerprints to the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for proof of good moral character.
- Application for Certification as a Fire Fighter through the Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire Standards and Training at fldfs.com/division/sfm/bfst/.
- Proof of medical insurance coverage (must remain in full force throughout program duration).
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