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When there are openings for any upcoming classes, they will be advertised right here on our website.  Continue to check back here for any updates or future class openings.


The Minimum Standards Firefighting Program is designed to provide entry level training for individuals who have not yet entered the firefighting field or who are serving as volunteer firefighters. The graduate will be employable as a full-time firefighter with duties in fire prevention and extinguishment as well as duties in the enforcement of municipal, county, or state fire prevention codes.


The Southwest Florida Fire Academy provides the required minimum standards of training for employment as a certified firefighter under the direction of a fire service supervisor. The program focuses on developing the skills, work habits, traditions, and the knowledge necessary to insure graduates a successful career in the fire service. The Southwest Florida Fire Academy also provides continuing education and training to certified firefighters for personal development and professional advancement.


Minimum requirements and steps to attend the Basic Firefighter Academy.

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Have a standard high school diploma or GED® – Must be from an acceptable accredited agency.
  3. Have a valid Florida driver’s license.
  4. Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.  A background check will be required.
  5. Be a legal United States resident.
  6. Be Tobacco Free for a minimum of 12 months prior to attending class.
  7. Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces in the United States.
  8. Be drug free a minimum of 3-5 years prior, depending on substance used, Certified Drug Test required.
  9. Complete an American Heart Association CPR – BLS for the Healthcare Provider Course, submit a copy of card with application.
  10. Complete the pre-requisite course – Medical First Responder.
    • Not required if you are a Florida EMT or EMT-P (must provide a copy of the certificate).
  1. Complete a physical (after acceptance into the program).


Step 1:  Review the website for class dates, information about the program and the application process.

Step 2:  Register for and successfully complete the CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test).  Additional information about this test will be provided.

Step 3:  Eligible for application.  You are eligible for application when the CPAT is passed (must provide a copy of results) and you have met the requirements above.  The CPAT will be verified by an Academy staff member.  Print out the application, gather the required documents and turn in completed application.

Step 4:  If the application is complete, the prospective student may be considered for placement in the program.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Step 5:  Fingerprints = $50.75

Step 6:  Certified Drug Test = $35.00

Step 7:  Written exam and/or Interview.  Additional information about this process will be provided.

Step 8:  Additional information and steps will then be e-mailed to the applicant.

Step 9:  Orientation is mandatory and all fees are due at this time.


Please return application packet to the attention of Monica Busbee.

Please refrain from emailing or calling to ask about your application, as soon as it is reviewed you will be contacted by phone call or email.

Course Fee Firefighter I & II :

In State – $3,969.50

Out of State – $7,260.96

Course Fee Firefighter II :

In State – $3,124.50

Out of State – $4,712.34

(All course fees must be paid by check, money order or credit card. Cash will not be accepted.)

Quick Info

  • Course Number : FFP0010 & FFP0020
  • Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm (13 Weeks) = 398 hours + 40 hours exams
  • Affordable Course Fee : $4,323
  • Instructor : John Wayne

Contact Info :

John Wayne
Fire & EMT Program Coordinator

Monica Busbee
Assistant to the Fire & EMT Program Coordinator

The Mission of the Southwest Florida Fire Academy is:

* To offer the highest quality vocational and technical Firefighting programs.
* To train highly competent recruits.
* To assist our graduates with employment in the fire service.
* To enable certified & employed firefighters to upgrade their job skills for career advancement through advanced and specialized training.
* To respond to the educational needs of the citizens, communities, and industries in the Academy’s service area.
* To develop into the highest quality fire school in the State of Florida through the implementation of continuous improvements.


The philosophies of the Southwest Florida Fire Academy are:

* To command excellence is to demand excellence.
* Training requires dedication, diligence, and integrity.
* A disciplined learning environment is required in order to better simulate the demeanor necessary to be effective on the job.
* The two types of failure we will never accept are failure to train and failure to learn, for these failures cost lives.
* We teach as if lives depend on us because they do.