When there are openings for any upcoming classes, they will be advertised right here on our website. Continue to check back for any updates and future class offerings.
***MINIMUM STANDARDS FIRE RECRUIT TRAINING CLASSES ARE OFFERED IN JANUARY AND JULY ANNUALLY***
THIS IS A LIMITED SEAT CAPACITY PROGRAM
WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME. OPEN ENROLLMENT DATES FOR THE JULY 2024 RECRUIT CLASS WILL BEGIN AROUND MID-MARCH 2024…PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER UPDATES.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME ITEMS IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS ARE TIME-SENSITIVE, SO BEGIN THE PROCESS EARLY. APPLICATION FORMS & DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE THE CURRENT ITEMS LISTED ON THIS WEBSITE (DATED 2-28-23). PLEASE CONFIRM BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION. DO NOT SUBMIT PHYSICALS, DRUG TESTS, OR BACKGROUND CHECKS WITH YOUR APPLICATION…THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. YOU WILL COMPLETE THESE ITEMS AFTER ACCEPTANCE INTO THE PROGRAM.***
APPLICATIONS CAN BE DROPPED OFF IN PERSON MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM 8AM-3PM. WE WILL NOT PROCESS INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS, SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PROVIDED EVERYTHING ON THE CHECKLIST (IN ORDER, THE CORRECT NUMBER OF COPIES, ETC.) WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION PACKET.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS OR ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION IN ADVANCE OF CLASS OFFERINGS AND WE DO NOT FORM WAITING LISTS FOR FUTURE CLASSES.
PLEASE SEE STEPS 2 & 3 BELOW…THIS IS A REQUIREMENT BEFORE YOU CAN APPLY.
***The CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems) test is mandatory/required to apply (regardless of graduation and/or degree status) and it is currently offered at FMTC (239-334-4544) and CCTC (239-574-4440) please contact them directly for testing information*** A minimum score of 244 (Reading) and 231 (Math) on the CASAS Test is required to be eligible for application.
***Important*** If you will be applying for multiple programs at SWFPSA (ex: EMT and FIRE), please retain copies of all documents as this will require re-application. We will not make copies of your previously submitted documents.
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.
ADMISSIONS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Minimum requirements and steps to attend the Basic Firefighter Academy.
- Be at least 18 years of age (by the first day of class).
- Have a standard high school diploma or GED® – Must be from an acceptable accredited agency.
- Have a valid Florida driver’s license.
- Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement. A background check will be required.
- Be a legal United States resident.
- Be Tobacco Free for a minimum of 12 months prior to attending class.
- Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces in the United States.
- Be drug free a minimum of 3-5 years prior, depending on substance used, Certified Drug Test required.
- Complete an American Heart Association CPR – BLS for the Healthcare Provider Course, submit a copy of card with application.
- Complete a physical (after acceptance into the program).
Step 1: Review the website www.SWFPSA.org 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 can be found here: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/cpat_info.cfm
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. In addition, a minimum score of 244 (Reading) and 231 (Math) on the CASAS Test is required to be eligible for application (must provide a copy of results). 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 Cassandra Wallace.
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.
***Pricing is approximate and subject to change***
Course Fee Firefighter I & II :
In State – $5,741.09
Out of State – $10,065.77
Course Fee Firefighter II :
In State – $4,727.37
Out of State – $7,373.16
(All course fees must be paid by cashier’s check, debit or credit card. Cash will not be accepted.)
Note: Fees are subject to change without notice.
- Course Number : FFP0010 & FFP0020
- Monday – Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm (16 Weeks) = 492 hours + 40 hours exams
- Affordable Course Fee
- Instructor : John R. Wayne
- To offer the highest quality vocational and technical Firefighting & EMS programs.
- To train highly competent recruits.
- To assist our graduates with employment in the fire and emergency medical services.
- To enable certified & employed firefighters and EMTs 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 & EMS schools in the State of Florida through the implementation of continuous improvements.