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 Hillsborough Community College

 Fire Academy

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State Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Be a high school graduate or posess a high school General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Submit to a background investigation as prescribed by the State of Florida to determine an applicant's moral character
  • Pass a medical exam to evidence acceptable physical condition
  • Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic (EMTP)
  • Be a non-user of tobacco or tobacco products for at least 1 year immediately preceding application as evidenced by sworn affidavit of the applicant.



HCC Requirements:

  • Comply with State of Florida Requirements
  • Submit a completed HCC Fire Academy application
  • Submit copies of transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • Participate a physical abilities test (PAT) consisting of the following: 

             Completing 30 sit-ups within 1 minute

             Completing 25 push-ups within 1 minute

             Completing a 1 1/2 mile run within 15 minutes and 54 seconds

(Note: Failure to meet the target goals will not result in disqualification from the program, however, all applicants must participate in the evaluation)




Equipment Requirements:

As a student in the HCC Fire Academy, you will be required to provide the following items for training:

  • Curriculum required textbooks
  • Minimum required uniform issue 
  • NFPA approved personal protective ensemble consisting of bunker pants and coat, SCBA facepiece, firefighting boots, helmet, gloves, and nomex hood 
  • 25' of nylon utility rope (1/2" to 5/8' diameter)

Books can be purchased only at the Ybor campus bookstore.

For links to equipment vendors, please see the "links" page.