69A-37.055. Curriculum Requirements for Training Firefighter Recruits or Firefighters  

Effective on Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • 1(1) The firefighter training curriculum requirements for schools operated by or for any employing agency for the specific purpose of training firefighter recruits or firefighters shall consist of 29206 hours of training to complete Part I (equivalent to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter I compliant), and an additional 192 hours of training to complete Part II (equivalent to NFPA Firefighter II compliant) training. Completion of Part I and Part II represents the required 398 hours that are collectively referred to hereinafter as the “Minimum Standards Course,” which is required to be certified as a firefighter. The individual courses shall include the titles, content, and at least the minimum hours of instruction prescribed by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (Bureau) in this rule. Part I completion shall be documented when the required coursework identified in this section has been accomplished. These courses shall be delivered by an instructor approved by the Bureau. However, Part I curriculum may be delivered by a recognized fire department. The school or employing agency is permitted and encouraged to offer additional training above what is required for firefighter training.

    188(2) Curriculum requirements. The Bureau will develop and maintain an objective-based curriculum addressing the topics contained in this rule. Such curriculum will be available through the Division of State Fire Marshal’s website at https://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/SFM/. The curriculum will list each topic area, objectives, and the required hours. The curriculum will be maintained by the Bureau.

    242(a) Part I of the curriculum, consisting of 206 hours of knowledge and skill-based training, will include:

    2591. Orientation. 261Orientation is a pre-class meeting to cover the following topics:

    271a. Outline of Training Program;

    276b. Student Duties & Responsibilities;

    281c. Testing Procedures;

    284d. Familiarization with the Training Provider;

    290e. Responsibilities of the Training Provider;

    296f. Study Habits;

    299g. Personnel Policies of the Training Provider; and

    307h. NFPA309® 3101582, “Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments,” 2018 Edition.

    3232. Chapter 5 of 327NFPA328® 329Standard 1001, “Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications,” 2019 Edition, is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference in this rule.

    3503. Incident Command.

    3534. Wildland Fire, S130/S190/L180 (or equivalent).

    3595. Fire Department Terminology.

    3636. Emergency Driving, sections 367316.126 368and 369316.2398, F.S.

    3717. Rule chapter 69A-37, F.A.C.

    3768. Physical Fitness Education.

    3809. Physical Fitness Training.

    38410. EMS 386First Responder – Current certification as an 393emergency medical technician or 397paramedic, or successful completion of a USDOT first responder course will substitute for this area. 412Documentation of current certification or completion shall be submitted prior to completion of this curriculum. Individuals enrolled in a combined firefighter/emergency medical technician program shall be eligible to take the minimum standards examination upon successful completion of the firefighter program content.

    45311. Cancer and Mental Health Risks.

    45912. Awareness and operational Level Hazardous Materials.

    46613. Examinations: each portion of the outline shall be the subject of both a written and a performance test in order to obtain the best measure of learning.

    49414. Course Review.

    497(b) Part II of the curriculum, consisting of 192 hours of knowledge and skill-based training will include:

    514l. Chapter 6 of 518NFPA519® 520Standard 1001, “Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications,” 2019 Edition, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference in this rule.

    5422. Florida Specific Requirements.

    546a. Structural Collapse Awareness.

    550b. Examinations: each portion of the outline shall be the subject of a test, both academic and performance, to obtain the best measure of learning.

    575c. Course Review.

    578d. Statewide Emergency Response.

    582e. Thermal Imaging – (TIC).

    587f. Positive Pressure Ventilation.

    591g. Company Evolutions – Engine.

    596h. Company Evolutions – Ladder.

    601i. Company Evolutions – Combined Operations.

    607j. Air Monitoring – CO, LEL, O2 – SCBA.

    616k. New Challenges.

    619l. Firefighter Safety and Survival.

    624m. Physical Fitness Training.

    6283. 629NFPA630® 6311001 and NFPA634® 6351582 are copyright material that cannot be copied but may be: (a) viewed during regular business hours at the Division of State Fire Marshal, 315 John Knox Road, The Atrium, Third Floor, Tallahassee, Florida; (b) accessed in a read-only, non-printable, non-downloadable format on the NFPA’s free access website at http:www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/free-access; or (c) purchased by writing to the NFPA at 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachussetts 02169-7471.

    700Rulemaking Authority 702633.128(1)(a), 703(b), (2)(a), 705633.408(1) FS. 707Law Implemented 709633.128(1)(a), 710(b), 711633.408 FS. 713History–New 9-7-81, Formerly 4A-37.10, 4A-37.55, Amended 11-26-85, 1-3-90, 6-30-91, 3-20-95, 12-10-01, Formerly 4A-37.055, Amended 3-19-09, 8-3-15, 10-20-15, 3-31-19.