ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE FIRE STUDENTS: Our timeline to finish current classes and start new ones will change due to the coronavirus pandemic. Once we know when our current classes can resume training, we will calculate their new graduation date, and provide you with more information. Start dates and forms for new classes will be posted on this site. We hope to start the new fire fighter classes in August, but it could be September.
Please stay tuned. Thank you for your patience.
The Tampa Fire Rescue program, formerly operated under Learey Technical College, will now be operated under Aparicio-Levy Technical College. Nothing will change except the title of the College operating the program. Both Learey and Aparicio-Levy are Technical Colleges within the Hillsborough County Public Schools system. Aparicio-Levy Technical College will now operate BOTH the Tampa Fire Rescue and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue programs.
This program follows the State of Florida Firefighter I & II curriculum, which offers a comprehensive training that prepares the candidate to take the State Certification exams. The curriculum includes the framework set by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.
The Firefighter program is very demanding – both academically and physically. Students need to be physically fit in order to be successful in this program. See Qualifications link for more information.
Length of the Program:
398 hours, plus a 52-hour local add-on class designed to prepare students for their State Certification exams.
The Tampa Fire Rescue class meets Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, January 13 to April 28, 2020. This class is 4 months long.
The Hillsborough County Fire Rescue class meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, and Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, February 11 – July 30, 2020. This class is 6 months long.
Program Costs for the January 2020 classes:
$1,934.00 for TAMPA Fire (plus students must rent approx. $1,000 in bunker and SCBA gear) or $2,934.00 for HILLSBOROUGH Fire (includes rental bunker and SCBA gear) paid to the school. Students also will have other expenses including medical exam, fingerprinting, personal purchases, testing fees, etc. See Fee Sheets link for details. Complete information will be given during Orientation.
Students must have completed an approved EMT program to enroll in this program. Passing the NREMT is highly recommended before beginning this program. See Qualifications link for Florida State Statutes regarding employment as a Firefighter (including information about past arrests that could preclude you from becoming a firefighter) and information about the physical demands of the firefighter profession.
Licensure - Certification:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the Florida Minimum Standards Firefighter exam (both physical and written tests).
Entry-level employment opportunities include: Firefighter I & II, Fire Apparatus Operator, and Emergency Vehicle Operator.
The mean hourly starting salary for beginning firefighters is: $17.25, based on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, for Hillsborough County, Florida.
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