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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Firefighter PSAV

Firefighter  (5043) LIMITED ACCESS

Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
For students seeking state certification as a firefighter, classes are offered on both daytime and nighttime schedules in the Fall and Spring terms of each academic year. The program follows the curriculum established by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training of the Florida State Fire College in Ocala.The PSAV firefighter program is a two-part course.

Part I (Firefighter I) covers orientation; safety; fire behavior; building construction; protective clothing; SCBA; portable extinguishers; ropes and knots; building search and victim removal; forcible entry tools; construction and techniques; ground ladders; ventilation; water supply; coupling; loading and rolling hose; laying, carrying and advancing hose; water fire streams; Class A, C, D; vehicle and wildland fire control; sprinkler system fundamentals; salvage, overhaul and protecting evidence of fire cause; fire department communications; equipment and techniques; fire prevention and public fire education. The course also includes Awareness-Level Hazardous Materials Training. Upon completion of the course and a written state certification examination, the student will receive a Certificate of Competency from the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training as a Firefighter I.

Part II (Firefighter II) prepares the student to meet the requirements to become a state certified firefighter. Subjects include implementing the incident management system; construction materials and building collapse; rescue and extrication tools; vehicle extrication and special rescue; hydrant flow and operability hose; tools and appliances; foam fire systems; ignitable liquid and gas fire control; fire detection; alarm and suppression systems; fire cause and origin; radio communications and incident reports pre-incident survey and wildlife firefighting - 5130 & 5190. Those students who successfully complete the program may participate in the state exam for certification as a Firefighter II. This exam encompasses both written and practical skills tests. Certification is required in the state of Florida for firefighters.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements

For the additional admission requirements to the program, go to and download the Fire Information/Application packet.


Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program. Students must pass with the following minimum Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores: Reading: 10; English: 10; Mathematics: 10 or qualify for TABE exemption (

Program Length
398 hours or approximately 12 weeks (3 months) for the day program and six months for the night program.

This program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Fire Academy office, (561) 868-3900

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
Required Courses Clock Hours: 398
FFP0010 Firefighter 1 206
FFP0020 Firefighter 2 192
Total Program Clock Hours: 398

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Gainful Employment
Program length excludes this program from gainful employment reporting requirements.

Career Path Notes
Successful completion of this Certificate Firefighter Program allows the student to take the state certification examination. The student will earn 3 college credits towards the A.S. degree in Fire Science.

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