Established in 2007, the Tallahassee Fire Academy began as a partnership between the City of Tallahassee and Tallahassee Community College. With an average pass rate of 90 percent on the Two-Part State exam, the Tallahassee Fire Academy is one of the top academies in the state of Florida.
Firefighting is one of the most challenging—and most respected—professions. Firefighters are the community’s first line of defense against loss of life and property. In addition to fighting fires, they are often the first responders in a medical emergency. Firefighters take decisive action under difficult circumstances, perform strenuous physical tasks and have a strong commitment to public service. Through TCC’s Firefighter Certification Program, you will learn basic firefighting skills – such as climbing ladders, pulling hose, working with rope, extricating victims from wrecked vehicles, fighting fire and maintaining equipment. You will also learn about communications, fire prevention and handling hazardous materials emergencies. Your skills will be evaluated through written and practical tests. Most firefighters are employed by County and City fire departments.
Pursuant to Florida Statute Chapter 633, individuals seeking employment as a professional firefighter in the state of Florida, must possess a firefighter certification. Many continue their professional development by becoming certified as emergency medical technicians or paramedics. Experienced firefighters may also pursue training in the control of hazardous materials, management of forest fires, urban search and rescue and other specialties.
Complete the Steps to Apply to TCC, then complete and submit the FPSI application and include all the required documents. The FPSI application is attached to the course.
If you have taken classes at TCC, you will still need to apply for admission into any new program at TCC to verify that the information you provided previously is up-to-date.
Students from other states will be subject to out-of-state fees that are about three times the rate for in-state tuition. Contact the coordinator listed on the course announcement for exact amounts.
What equipment will I need?
None, all equipment is provided.
When can I expect to know if I have been accepted into the Fire Academy?
There will be individual interviews approximately 30 days prior to beginning of class. You will be notified at the completion of the interview.
When are fees due?
Fees are due on or before the first day of class.
Do I have to become an EMT or Paramedic too?
Different fire departments have different requirements so you must contact the department you are interested in. Many local departments now require that you be a minimum of Fire Fighter and EMT before they will employ you.
What types of physical activities will I be involved in?
Students are engaged in physical activities to develop their cardiovascular capabilities and strength, as well as activities required of firefighters, such as lifting and carrying as well as raising ground ladders, using heavy equipment to perform forcible entry, directing fire hose streams, and other tasks.
I’ve had a few problems with the law in the past. Can I still be a fire fighter?
The state of Florida will not allow you to hold a certification if you have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor directly related to the position you are applying for. If you are not sure if you qualify, you may call the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training at (352) 369-2800.
I took the TABE or PERT test already. Do I have to take it again?
TABE or PERT results are good for a 2 year period. If you have not successfully completed college level English and Math and it has been more than 2 years since your last TABE test then the answer is YES.
Does the academy have a job placement service?
No. However, the academy routinely invites representatives from agencies statewide to recruit from each class.