Mission: To establish and maintain an organized and planned system of apprenticeship conducted as a joint labor and management undertaking. The committee's goal is to improve the quality and quantity of training, while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Length: 3 Years
Description: Apprentices in the Fire Fighting Apprenticeship program shall be trained in the use, care and effective handling of all equipment commonly used in connection with fire protection. During the term of apprenticeship, apprentices will be given the instruction and experience necessary to develop the skill and knowledge of fire prevention and suppression. The training of apprentices will include a definite schedule that will outline the training and work experience required. The term of apprenticeship is 6,000 hours, 36 months of continuous on-the-job training (OJT) employment consistent with training requirements established by industry standards. The employer agrees to provide the apprentice adequately supervised instruction and work experience of which a record will be kept and periodically evaluated in accordance with the work process outline.
Special Admission Requirements: To be accepted into the City of St. Petersburg Fire Fighting, the City of Pinellas Park Fire Fighting, or the Hernando County Fire Rescue apprenticeship program, the apprentice shall possess the following qualifications listed in the Standards of Apprenticeship for the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Department, the Pinellas Park Fire Department, or the Hernando County Fire Rescue Department. These include:
Be employed by the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Department, the Pinellas Park Fire Department, or the Hernando County Fire Rescue Department
Be at least 18 years of age
Be physically capable of performing the work of the trade
Possess a Florida Driver's License
Meet the requirements of Florida Statute 633.34, Firefighter Qualifications for Employment; and Florida Statute 112.011(2)(b), Felons, Removal of Disqualification for Employment Exceptions
Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
Be a non-user of tobacco for at least a year prior to date of application
Industry Certification(s): To enter the City of St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Department, the City of Pinellas Park Fire Department, or the Hernando County Fire Rescue Department apprenticeship program, apprentices must have the State of Florida Firefighter certification and the State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification; upon completion of the program, apprentices receive their Firefighter Journeyman’s certificate from the state.
(727) 893-2500, extension 2595
City of St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Department - www.stpete.org/fire
City of Pinellas Park Fire Department - www.pinellas-park.com
Hernando County Fire Rescue Department - www.hernandocounty.us/firedept/
* Length of program and all costs are approximate and subject to change.