The Public Safety Training Center is a 50-acre training complex located in Olustee, FL and houses the Law Enforcement Academy, Corrections Academy, Emergency Medical Services Academy, and Fire Academy. A multi-million dollar expansion is currently underway. A live firefighting scenario tower is in place and an emergency vehicle operations driving range, firearms range, and a mock city will soon be completed.
The Public Safety Training Center is committed to providing its students with the most up-to-date, practical, and effective training possible so that those who complete the program can go on to function as competent and professional first responders within our complex and multi-ethnic society.
Post basic, advanced and specialized courses are available. We offer several work friendly/shift friendly courses to accommodate the needs of our students.
The two year Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology (64 credit hours) offers a broad overview of the criminal justice system. This degree may articulate to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree at certain four-year colleges.
The Associate in Science degree program in Emergency Medical Services prepares paramedics for career advancements as EMS supervisors, coordinators, operations managers, and/or directors of service. Students who have completed the EMT-B and Paramedic programs can earn this degree by taking 20 additional credits is specific courses.
The Emergency Medical Technician program is a one semester program designed to prepare students as an emergency medical technician functioning at the basic emergency care level. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the EMT-B licensure examination. The program is offered each semester and consists of classroom work, skills training, and clinical experience. The program also provides an introduction to many healthcare professions.
The Paramedic program is a 12 month program designed to prepare a student as a paramedic functioning at the advanced prehospital emergency care level. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the paramedic licensure examination. The program is offered annually and consists of classroom work, skills training, and clinical experience. Completion of the EMT program is a prerequisite for entry into the Paramedic program.
The Florida Gateway College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
This 770 hour basic recruit course is designed to provide the student with the state required training, which prepares and allows the student to take the State of Florida FDLE Certification Examination. Students will develop an understanding of community policing, the patrol function, police administration and organization, criminal and constitutional law, juvenile procedures, police ethics, criminal investigations, criminalistics, and general psychology. The full time course takes approximately 5 months to complete and the part time night class takes approximately 9 months to complete. Students who complete this course are eligible for certification as a law enforcement officer anywhere in the State of Florida. This is a selective admissions course.
This 420 hour program is designed to prepare students who will have the responsibility of overseeing individuals who are awaiting trial, or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in jail, correctional institution, or prison. Significant time is spent preparing students to take the State of Florida FDLE Certification Examination. This is a 13 week full time program. Students who complete this course are eligible for certification as a correctional officer anywhere in the State of Florida. This is a selective admissions course.
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission has established this 198 hour basic recruit cross-over training programs to provide lateral movement of officers between the law enforcement and corrections disciplines. This course runs concurrent with the full time corrections program. Students who complete this course are eligible for certification as a correctional officer anywhere in the State of Florida. Students must be actively employed with a law enforcement agency, or not exceeded 4 years since successful completion of the FDLE law enforcement certification exam.
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission has established this 518 hour basic recruit cross-over training programs to provide lateral movement of officers between the law enforcement and corrections disciplines. Full time, part time, and “shift friendly” courses are available. Students who complete this course are eligible for certification as a law enforcement officer anywhere in the State of Florida. Students must be actively employed with a correctional agency, or not exceeded 4 years since successful completion of the FDLE corrections certification exam.
The fire service apparatus operator training program consists of a minimum of 80-hours of training. It is the certification level of training and competency for all individuals performing firefighting duties involving the operations and functions of fire service vehicles. The training courses are delivered by state certified and approved instructors. The fire apparatus operator program content includes, but is not limited to an understanding of hydraulics and fluid dynamics, principles of fire department water supply, nomenclature and operations of fire apparatus, appliances, municipals and rural water systems, maintenance, and safety in operational procedures.
The Firefighter program offers training to prepare an individual to become certified as a firefighter. Students successfully completing the First Responder and Firefighter I courses are eligible to sit for certification as volunteer firefighters. Students successfully completing all three courses are eligible to sit for the state Minimum Standards examination. Passing this examination qualifies an individual for employment as a firefighter. The Emergency Services First Responder course may be waived for those individuals who are licensed as EMTs or Paramedics.
Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician – Combined is a one semester program, offered each term, that prepares the student for employment as a State of Florida certified Firefighter. This program is approved by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Florida Department of Financial services, Bureau of Fire Standards. The curriculum adheres to the latest U.S. DOT EMT-B National Standard Curriculum. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the state of Florida EMTs certification exam and the State of Florida Firefighter certification exam.
The Firefighter/EMT-Combined course will start each spring and fall semester at the Olustee site.
Note: Students enrolling in the combined are eligible to apply for financial aid.