Fire Science FAQs
The Fire Science program is located at the SFSC Highlands Campus, 600 West College Drive, Avon Park, FL 33825. Training facilities are in Building P. The Administrative Office is in the Public Safety Building, Room 102.
Firefighter I and Firefighter II are courses within the Minimum Standards Program. Successful completion of both courses is required for certification as a firefighter. By successfully completing the course and meeting the standards of FS 633.412., you are eligible to take the Firefighter Certification Exam administered by the Bureau of Fire Standards & Training.
The Sate of Florida does not require firefighters to be EMTs or paramedics. However, most fire departments require their personnel to have formal medical training.
The Bureau of Fire Standards and Training determines your criminal record through fingerprint identification. If you have questions about your past criminal activity, contact the bureau or consult FS 633.412 to determine your eligibility.
SFSC collects fingerprints from all applicants entering the Firefighter II course. Those fingerprints are submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the FBI, and the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.
The Bureau of Fire Standards and Training requires that an up-to-date medical exam be documented on your state-approved medical form so that any medical abnormalities which may be detrimental to your health are identified prior to your participation. SFSC requires that you complete this prior to applying to the Firefighter I or Firefighter II courses.
Not at this time. However, firefighting is a physically demanding career and cadet physical fitness is of paramount importance. Cadets are required to participate in fitness and skill reinforcement activities. Skill reinforcement activities are designed to combine firefighter skills with physical activities to promote skill retention and fitness.