Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC), in partnership with Pasco County Fire Rescue, now offers a Fire Academy at its Dade City campus. The new PHSC Fire Academy program consists of two eight-week courses, Firefighter I and II, to meet 398 hours of minimum standards training to prepare cadets for a firefighting career.
The Firefighter I course is held at the PHSC East Campus Public Services Technology Building, 36727 Blanton Road. Firefighter II is held at the Pasco County Fire Rescue Training Center. Upon successful completion of the Fire Academy, cadets are eligible to sit for the State of Florida Bureau of Fire Standards exam to become a certified firefighter.
“The academy plans to graduate its first 13 cadets in December,” said William Watson, PHSC instructor/coordinator, fire science technology. “We can accommodate 20 cadets in each class and plan to begin a new class of cadets every eight weeks, including summer session.”
“The new academy has been established to build a feeder system of highly skilled and well trained firefighters ready to step in as current local firefighters are nearing retirement,” said Watson.
PHSC Fire Academy cadets must meet specific requirements including: a background check and clean driving record, EMT certification from state of Florida or the National Registry, current CPR certification from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, a complete physical assessment, and documentation of a medical clearance for participation in the program.
Mandatory orientation for persons interested in applying to the Fire Academy will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 2 and 6 p.m. in the Public Service Technology building on the East Campus in Dade City. For more information about the Fire Academy program visit phsc.edu/fire or call William Watson at 352.518.1367.
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multicampus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.