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.

Public Safety Training Center Authorization Letter

CMS Law Enforcement - Basic Recruit, O.C.

Full-time Academy Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 am-5:30 pm *Some weekend and night training may be required.

Part-time Academy Hours: Monday-Friday 5:30 pm-10:30 pm *Some weekend training may be required.

This 770 hour basic recruit program 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 and criminal investigations. The full-time course takes approximately 5 months to complete and the part-time night class takes approximately 9 months to complete.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Be at least 19 years of age upon graduation from the program.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of a felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an offi cer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
  • Never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Have good moral character.
  • Have passed a Commission approved Basic Abilities Test.
  • Have been fingerprinted with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI. The Cost is $50.00 (Must be completed at the Public Service Training Center).
  • Must interview with the Director or Coordinator of the Public Service Training Center.
  • Pass the entrance physical fitness test. The test consists of a 1.5 mile run/walk. For the Basic Law Enforcement course, the recruit must complete it in 19 minutes or less.
  • Must complete a Drug test processed by Quest Diagnostics. The cost is $31.00 (Appointment must be scheduled at the Public Service Training Center).

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Full-time programs start in January and July. Part-time programs start in September and October
  • Florida Gateway College maintains a Public Safety Training Center in Olustee dedicated to this program and other public safety programs
  • Faculty members who are committed to student success
  • Must be admitted through the Florida Gateway College Admissions Office

Careers

Students who complete this program prior to successfully passing the State Officer Certification Examination are eligible for certification as a law enforcement officer anywhere in the state of Florida.

Academy Application

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Correctional Basic Recruit, O.C.

Full-time Academy Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 am-5:30 pm*

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.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Be at least 19 years of age upon graduation from the program.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of a felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, not-withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
  • Never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Have good moral character.
  • Have passed a Commission approved Basic Abilities Test*.
  • Must be fingerprinted with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI. The cost is $50.00 (Must be Completed at the Public Service Training Center.
  • Must be admitted through the Florida Gateway College Admissions Office.
  • Must interview with the Director or Coordinator of the Public Service Training Center.
  • Pass the entrance physical fitness test. The test consists of a 1.5 mile run/walk. For Basic Corrections the recruit must complete it in 20 minutes or less.
  • Must complete a Drug Test processed by Quest Diagnostics. The Cost is $31.00. (Appointment must be scheduled at the Public Service Training Center).

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Program starts in January, April, July and October
  • Florida Gateway College maintains a Public Safety Training Center in Olustee dedicated to this program and other public safety programs
  • The vast majority of instructors are full-time employees in their chosen profession. This ensures that the material is being presented in a relevant and realistic manner
  • The law enforcement and corrections programs have received a Type A certification from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. This is the highest type certification available for criminal justice training schools in the state of Florida

Careers

Students who complete this program PRIOR to successfully passing the State Officer Certification Examination are eligible for certification as a corrections officer anywhere in the state of Florida.

Academy Application

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Criminal Justice Technology, A.S.

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.

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Crossover: Law Enforcement to Corrections Basic Recruit, O.C.

Academy Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 am-5:30 pm

This 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. Signifi cant time is spent preparing students to take the State of Florida FDLE Certifi cation Examination.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Be at least 19 years of age upon graduation from the program.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Available in January, April, July and October
  • Florida Gateway College maintains a Public Safety Training Center in Olustee, bringing the “Hometown College” to all of the residents of our district
  • The vast majority of instructors are full-time employees in their chosen profession. This ensures that the material is being presented in a relevant and realistic manner
  • The law enforcement and corrections programs have received a Type A certification from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. This is the highest type certification available for criminal justice training schools in the state of Florida
  • Above average state exam pass rate
  • Post basic, advanced and specialized courses available

Careers

Students who complete this program PRIOR to successfully passing the State Officer Certification Examination are eligible for certification as a Corrections officer anywhere in the state of Florida.

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Crossover: Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Basic Recruit, O.C.

Full-time Academy Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:00 am–5:30 pm *Some weekend and night training may be required.

Part-time Academy Hours: Monday–Friday 5:30 pm–10:30 pm *Some weekend training may be required.

This 518 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 and criminal investigations. The full-time course takes approximately 5 months to complete and the part-time night class takes approximately 9 months to complete.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Be at least 19 years of age upon graduation from the program.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Program starts in January, July and September
  • Florida Gateway College maintains a Public Safety Training Center in Olustee, bringing the “Hometown College” to all of the residents of our district
  • The vast majority of instructors are full-time employees in their chosen profession. This ensures that the material is being presented in a relevant and realistic manner
  • The law enforcement and corrections programs have received Type A Certification from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. This is the highest type certification available for criminal justice training schools in the state of Florida
  • Above average state exam pass rate
  • Post basic, advanced and specialized courses available

Careers

Students who complete this program PRIOR to successfully passing the State Officer Certification Examination are eligible for certification as a law enforcement officer anywhere in the state of Florida.

Click Here for more information about the Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement  Crossover certificate

Emergency Medical Services Technology, A.S.

EMT and paramedic courses are provided in the traditional on campus face-to-face format, but the general education classes are provided online and face-to-face.

The Emergency Medical Services Technology Associate in Science Degree Program is composed of two certifi cate programs (EMT and Paramedic) and some general education classes to prepare paramedics for employment as EMS educators, supervisors, coordinators, operations managers and/or directors of service.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Interview with the Program Director before formal admission into the program is approved.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • This program may be started during any semester
  • CAAHEP accreditation
  • For students who obtained their paramedic from an unaccredited institution, experiential learning may be granted under certain circumstances

Careers

  • EMS Educator
  • EMS Supervisor
  • EMS Coordinator
  • Operations Manager
  • Director of an EMS Service

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Emergency Medical Technician - Basic, C.C.C.

This program has lecture (didactic), lab and clinical rotation components to give the student the foundational knowledge, necessary skills set and clinical application skills that are necessary to function in the pre-hospital setting.

The Emergency Medical Technician College Credit Certificate program is one semester in length and is offered each term. The required courses prepare the student for employment as an entry level emergency medical technician. This program is approved by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the National Registry EMT certification exam. Once the exam has been successfully passed, the candidate can apply for licensure in Florida as well as most other states.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate (unless enrolled as a dual enrollment student).
  • 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.
  • Proof of health insurance and current driver’s license.
  • Meet with the Program Coordinator for program acceptance.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • The student can start at the beginning of each term
  • Approved by the Florida Department of Health as a training program
  • Access to equipment currently used in the pre-hospital setting
  • Access to cadaver labs and will soon have the Anatomage Tables for learning human anatomy
  • Faculty members who are committed to student success

Careers

  • EMT for a 911 response agency or private ambulance service.
  • Emergency Department Technician in a hospital

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Firefighter/EMT Combined, O.C.

This program has lecture (didactic), lab and clinical rotation components to give the student the foundational knowledge, necessary skills set and clinical application skills that are necessary to function in the pre-hospital setting.

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. 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 NFPA standards, BFST course curriculum, and U.S. DOT EMT-B National Standard Curriculum. 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.

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

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate (unless enrolled as a dual enrollment student).
  • Be 18 years of age by the beginning of the clinical rotation.
  • 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.
  • 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

Careers

  • Firefighter / EMT

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Firefighter Minimum Standards, O.C.

This program has both a lecture and skills portion. FF-II course is predominately skills based and both FF-I & FF-II require proficiency in live fire scenarios. The wild land fire component also has a live fire portion in a controlled wildland environment.

Basic entry level firefighting program which enables the student to take the state boards to become certified as a Firefighter – II. Classes include FF-I & II, as well as Haz Mat awareness & operations levels, wild land firefighting and vehicle extrication.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must complete the application packet, drug screen and fingerprint background checks.
  • Applicants must submit all state required documents, be 18 years of age at the time of FF-II class, pass a physical abilities test and be tobacco free for 1 year prior to application.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Class offerings in spring and fall terms
  • New facilities and equipment
  • State approved training center
  • Faculty are all experienced firefighters and instructors»Fall term classes are shift based / friendly
  • Spring term classes are traditional Mon-Thurs format
  • Extrication portion involves 40 hours in a junkyard extricating from real vehicles

Careers

Certification as a FF-I enables the firefighter to function as a volunteer and participate in firefighting activities. FF-II certification allows the firefighter to function as a paid career firefighter within the state of Florida. FF/EMT combined allows the firefighter to function as a dual certified FF/EMT.

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Fire Science Apparatus Operator, O.C.

This program has both a lecture and skills portion. Skills evolutions are conducted on the fi re simulation facility and encompass supplying various apparatus and appliances with an adequate water supply. Students must bring gloves and proper attire for water pumping exercises.

The curriculum covers the laws, rules and driving techniques for emergency vehicles, as well as a review of fi re service hydraulics. Fire ground evolutions make up the practical part of the course. The evolution portion of the course includes the use of pre-connected lines, tandem pumping, drafting, relays and master streams. The student should have a basic understanding of fire stream hydraulics prior to entering this course.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be credentialed as a FF-I or FF-II prior to entering the program.

Program Notes

  • Available during all terms as student requests determine offerings
  • Available drafting pit, open water impoundment and hydrant facilities. On site pumper used in addition to agency apparatus for relay, tandem and aerial supply evolutions
  • BFST certified pump operator adjunct faculty

Careers

This program is a part of the BFST pump operator certification course work allowing the student to sit for the state pump operator’s exam. Many departments require pump operator certification as a requirement for advancement to driver/operator of fire pumper apparatus.

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Paramedic, C.C.C.

Requires a clinical rotation.

The Paramedic certificate program is a year-long program that prepares a student for employment as an entry level paramedic providing advanced pre-hospital emergency care. The course covers such topics and medical, trauma, OB, cardiac, stroke and pediatric emergencies as well as pharmacology. ACLS and PALS will be included during the course of the program and must be successfully completed in order to complete the program. This program consists of lecture (didactic), lab and clinical components.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Must have an unencumbered EMT license from the state of Florida prior to the end of the first phase (first semester) of the program.
  • Complete a physical examination.
  • Provide proof of immunizations or immunity.
  • Complete and pass a detailed background check and drug screen.
  • Have proof of health insurance and current driver’s license.
  • Have a current BLS card.
  • Must complete either Essentials of Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 before the beginning of the second phase (semester).
  • Must meet with the Program Director for program acceptance prior to registration.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • This program will start every semester depending on enrollment
  • Approved paramedic training center by the Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight
  • CAAHEP Accreditation
  • Up to date equipment for hands-on learning

Careers

  • Paramedic for a 911 response agency or private ambulance company
  • Paramedic or Emergency Department Technician in a hospital emergency department

Graduation Outcomes 2017

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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).

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