FIRE RESCUE TRAINING
Seminole Fire Rescue
9199 113th St
Seminole, FL 33772
(727) 393-8711 x206
Fax: (727) 319-6583
The Training Section is responsible for helping to ensure that fire department personnel have the skills necessary to mitigate any hazardous condition in a safe and efficient manner. The Training Section develops monthly training programs designed to meet a wide variety of challenges faced by Fire Rescue personnel. The National Fire Protection Agency, OSHA and other state and federal agencies mandate minimum annual training requirements. The Training Section's goal is to exceed those requirements and provide the City of Seminole’s Fire Rescue personnel with the highest level of knowledge and skill possible. The Training Section conducts the research, development and delivery of training programs to address these needs.
A comprehensive list of Fire rescue subjects, including classes in hazardous materials and technical rescue, help ensure that firefighters are utilizing the latest technology. Personnel are provided training to maintain certification requirements and meet advanced skill requirements when assuming additional responsibility in their job classification or when testing for a promotion. Officer development, cultural diversity, safety and wellness issues have become an integral part of the Training Section's curriculum. Minimum and Advancement Standards are developed through the Training Section. Incident and department safety coordination, accident investigation, equipment evaluation and procurement, uniform and record maintenance, and research and development are also functions of the Training Section.
How to Become a Firefighter
To be employed as a Firefighter in the State of Florida, as required by State Statute, an individual must successfully complete the Firefighter Minimum Standards Course, pass a State of Florida written and practical examination, and submit an Application for Firefighter Certification with the State of Florida. If an individual has received an equivalent amount of training in another state (or country), they may submit a request to validate their training and “challenge” the state written and practical examinations.
The Firefighter Minimum Standards Course is offered at twenty-seven Certified Training Centers located throughout the state. The course consists of a minimum of 360-hours of training. The first 160-hours is equivalent to NFPA Firefighter I. The following 200-hours is equivalent to NFPA Firefighter II. Each training center has their own course and fee schedule. For further information and an Application for Certification as a Firefighter, please contact the training center of your choice.
Most employers also require applicants to also be Emergency Medical Technicians ( EMT's ) or Paramedics . The most recent rules require EMT-Basic programs to meet DOE standards and US DOT NSC. Programs consist of a minimum of 110 hours with not less than 20 hours of supervised clinical experience (at least ten of which is spent in a hospital emergency room). Also field experience is required aboard a permitted EMS vehicle resulting in patient transports. Paramedic programs consist of a minimum of 700 hours. Field experience must be done on a permitted ALS vehicle. There are currently over 70 state approved EMS training programs. These training programs offer a combination of EMT-Basic and paramedic curricula.
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