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V.C., Fire Fighting Certificate

Certificate Type: V.C.
Major Code: FIRE-VC
CIP: 0743020300

This program consists of lecture and practical applications that exceed the program hour requirement by the state of Florida for the Professional Firefighter. The curriculum emphasizes the broad spectrum of functions required of a firefighter. Topics of instruction include ladder and fire hose simulations, extrication, rescue, initial response to hazardous materials, live fire training, fire department communications, forcible entry, basic building construction, ventilation operations, and fire detection and suppression. Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a certificate of completion in Firefighter I and II. Graduates are also eligible for the state of Florida Minimum Fire Standards examination for the Professional Firefighter, provided that they have met or exceeded the scholastic examination requirement (TABE requirement described below) and all other College requirements. The volunteer firefighter certificate (Firefighter I) will not be issued for partial completion of the program. A course grade of "C" (80 percent) is required for successful completion.

Please note: The day course will be offered only in January and August and the evening course will take place in January and July.

This is a limited-access program. Permission of the Fire Science/EMS Program Manager is required to register for the courses. Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  • Complete the Fire Science/EMS Fire Standards application form;
  • Attend the mandatory Firefighting orientation program;
  • Provide an official transcript(s) indicating completion of a standard high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Provide documentation that the candidate is at least 18 years of age;
  • Meet the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training vision requirement of 20/20 or correctable to 20/20;
  • Complete the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Medical Examination form;
  • Obtain a Medical Examination that will meet the evaluation standards set forth in the National Fire Protection Agency's (NFPA) code 1582, Chapter 6 for Medical Evaluations of Candidates; and
  • Be able to meet or exceed the medical requirements listed in NFPA 1582 prior to admission into the courses.

Priority admission will be granted to those candidates who (in order of preference):

  • Hold a valid Florida Paramedic Certification; and/or EMT Certification;
  • Are sponsored by a professional (paid) fire department (supplies all personal equipment);
  • Have obtained an associate degree or higher;
  • Have completed the scholastic examination requirements with the required minimum scores (see below);
  • Have obtained an overall GPA of 3.0 (minimum 15 credit hours);
  • Are graduates of Seminole State's EMT program (not state certified);
  • Are graduates of a Florida institution's EMT program (not state certified);
  • Have attempted to meet the scholastic examination requirements, but have not met the required minimum scores (see below).
Scholastic Evaluation Examination Requirements:

All candidates applying for the Minimum Fire Standards Program must complete the following scholastic examination requirements within six weeks after acceptance into the program:

TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education): Candidates must receive a score of 585 reading, 583 language and 579 mathematics. Candidates accepted into the program must complete this requirement by the sixth week of the fire standards program or they will be withdrawn from the program regardless of their program grade point average. If unsuccessful in obtaining the required scores on each subject exam, students will be allowed to retake the exam until the required scores are achieved. However, these students will be required to participate in remediation exercises.

Due to the competitive nature of the Minimum Fire Standards application process and the intense coursework during the program, it is highly recommended that students accomplish the TABE requirement before applying to the program.

Exemptions: The following exemptions to completing the TABE exist for candidates that meet one or more of the following requirements:

PERT Scores or equivalent test: Candidates must achieve the following scores to be exempt from completing the TABE:

  • Reading: 83
  • Sentence Skills: 83
  • Elementary Algebra: 72

If any of the above scores are below the minimum requirements, students must complete the TABE with required scores in each subject area as stated above. Students may not retake any portion of the PERT or equivalent test.

SAT Scores: Candidates must achieve the following scores to be exempt from completing the TABE (scores must be less than two years old):

  • Verbal: 440
  • Math: 440

If any of the above scores are below the minimum requirements, the student must complete the TABE with required scores in each subject area as stated above. Students may not retake any portion of the SAT.

ACT Scores: Candidates must achieve the following scores to be exempt from completing the TABE (scores must be less than two years old):

  • English: 17
  • Reading: 18
  • Math: 19

If any of the above scores are below the minimum requirements, the student must complete the TABE with required scores in each subject area as stated above. Students may not retake any portion of the ACT.

Students who wish to be eligible for the TABE exemption must contact the College's Counseling Department and request a TABE waiver form. Students may obtain their waiver form results from the Testing and Assessment Center.

The Fire Science/EMS department cannot grant an exception to the TABE.

Major Courses
Total program hours: 450
AvailableFFP0027Fire Standards Part 1
This program prepares the student for a career as a state certified professional firefighter. This program consists of three parts (Fire Standards Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) and includes both Firefighter I and Firefighter II (Professional Firefighter) curriculum. The entire sequence of three courses must be completed successfully in order to be eligible to take the state exam for certification as a career firefighter.
150
Not availableFFP0028Fire Standards Part 2
This program prepares the student for a career as a state certified professional firefighter. This program consists of three parts (Fire Standards Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) and includes both Firefighter I and Firefighter II (Professional Firefighter) curriculum. The entire sequence of three courses must be completed successfully in order to be eligible to take the state exam for certification as a career firefighter.
150
AvailableFFP0029Fire Standards Part 3
This program prepares the student for a career as a state certified professional firefighter. This program consists of three parts (Fire Standards Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) and includes both Firefighter I and Firefighter II (Professional Firefighter) curriculum. The entire sequence of three courses must be completed successfully in order to be eligible to take the state exam for certification as a career firefighter.
150

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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