AVON PARK, Fla. – April 17, 2018 – SFSC graduated 15 students, Class 817, from its Firefighter Minimum Standards program during the April 16 ceremony at the Highlands Campus in Avon Park. All 15 students passed the state certification examination with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training to become certified firefighters in Florida. 

Receiving their certificates were Morgan Adams, Erik Bidlack, Letty Gonzalez, Jonathan Jackson, Ethan Macaluso, Jeremy McDermott, Kelly McMorrow, Ashley Meyer, Dawn Oakley, Andrew Perez, Clinton Putnam, Heather Specht, Gilbert Thomas III, Desmond Walker II, and Jordan Whatley. 

Five students were recognized for special achievement. They were Dawn Oakley for Highest GPA, Ethan Macaluso for Most Dedicated, Andrew Perez for Most Resilient, and Morgan Adams for Most Heart. Jordan Whatley was acknowledged for Third Time’s a Charm. The first time he was enrolled in the class, his studies were interrupted by military deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Fire Science coordinator Captain Paul Shannon, the second time, Whatley was in a bad accident. 

The Firefighter Minimum Standards occupational certificate program is for applicants who want to pursue a career in fire service but have limited fire training and experience. A cohort of cadets enroll in the Firefighter I course, often with the expectation of continuing through to Firefighter II training. Minimum Standards training is required for volunteer firefighters. Firefighter II training is required for those who wish to be employed as professional firefighters in Florida. 

For more information about the SFSC Fire Science Program, contact the SFSC Advising and Counseling Center at 863-784-7131.