Tallahassee Fire Academy

Firefighter FAQs

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. 

Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator at (850) 558-4366 or barineri@tcc.fl.edu.