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Program Overview

Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician-Combined, O.C.

Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Combined is a two (2) semester program, offered each term, that prepares the student for employment as a Florida-certified Firefighter. The curriculum adheres to the latest NFPA standards, BFST course curriculum, the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework and the national standards. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the State of Florida EMT certification exam and the State of Florida Firefighter certification exam.

The Firefighter/EMT-Combined Program will start with the EMT course which is available each fall, spring, and summer semester, followed by the firefighter minimum standard course which is only offered in the fall and spring semesters. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the National Registry EMT and the State of Florida Firefighter certification exams.

Locations

Olustee Public Service Training Center (25030 US Hwy 90 W Sanderson, Florida 32087)

Testing Entrance Requirements

Physical Abilities Test, TABE, National Fire Selection Inventory (NFSI)

Hours

Classes meet 2 out of every 3 days, 7 days per week. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Costs

Tuition:

  • EMT: $1,565.16
  • Firefighter I: $709.81
  • Firefighter II: $661.25

Lab Fees

EMT: $287.50

Firefighter I: $255.00

Firefighter II: $400.00

Miscellaneous Required Costs:

  • Drug Screen: $35.00
  • Finger Prints: $50.00
  • Uniforms: $150.00
  • Physical Assessment Test (PAT): $50.00
  • Bunker Gear Rental: Variable depending on vendor

Textbooks

EMT: $350.00 + tx

Fundamentals of Fire Fighting & Hazardous Materials: $119.95 + tx

Total cost for combined program: $4,583.67

Note: Students enrolling in the combined are eligible to apply for financial aid.

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Completion Rate

98%

Job Placement Rate

99%

State Licensure Rate

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

The average starting salary for Fire Fighters/EMTs in Florida $26,000-45,000/yr. The average starting salary for Fire Fighters/Paramedics in Florida $32,000-60,000/yr.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Alachua County Fire Rescue
  • Baker County Fire Rescue
  • Bradford County Fire Rescue
  • Clay County Fire Rescue
  • Columbia County Fire Rescue
  • Dixie County Fire Rescue
  • Gilchrist County Fire Rescue
  • Hamilton County Fire Rescue
  • Jacksonville Fire Rescue
  • Levy County Fire Rescue
  • Madison County Fire Rescue
  • Marion County Fire Rescue
  • Miami Dade Fire Rescue
  • Nassau County Fire Rescue
  • Putnam County Fire Rescue
  • Suwannee County Fire Rescue
  • Chicago Fire Department
  • Fernandina Fire Department
  • Gainesville Fire Rescue
  • Lake City Fire Rescue
  • MacClenney Fire Department
  • MCAS 29 Palms Fire Department
  • Trenton Fire Department

Program Details

Admission Requirements
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate (unless enrolled as a dual enrollment student).
  • Be 18 years of age by scheduled EMT course completion.
  • Complete a physical examination, provide proof of immunizations or immunity.
  • Pass a detailed background check and drug screen.
  • Take the National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI) exam as well as the TABE test if not Senate bill exempt.
  • Proof of health insurance and current driver’s license.
  • Meet with the Program Coordinator for program acceptance.
Program Notes
  • Limited access.
  • Program and certification exam success rates meet or exceed the national average.