The Fire Leadership Flagship opened its doors to students in January of 2017, with an inaugural class of 50 students. This flagship has continued to grow since then, filling to capacity each year. For the 2019-2020 school year, we plan to add 50 new 9th grade students. Interested students must enroll in the flagship as freshmen. In order to complete the entire program students must begin their freshman year and remain in the academy through senior year.
The lead instructor for the Fire Leadership Flagship courses is a state certified firefighter and a certified Florida State Fire College instructor. Flagship coursework focuses on leadership development, preparing students with skills including but not limited to: fire behavior; first responder model; personal protective equipment; use of ropes, tools and equipment; use of fire streams; fundamentals of extinguishment and rescue procedures. Students are taught the history, equipment and specialties in fire service, and become CPR certified. Clear career pathways are explored including firefighter certifications, EMT coursework, associate degrees, paramedic training programs, and bachelor’s degree programs.
As students work to complete program coursework, they will actually be checking off completed components through the State Fire College. Students will become certified in CPR and as Emergency Medical Responders (EMR). Upon graduation from FPCHS students will complete a short IDLH course through Flagler County Fire Rescue and then sit for the state fire exam. State law requires students to be 18 in order to complete the IDLH component and to sit for the state exam.
Students in the Fire Leadership Flagship will also have the opportunity to dual enroll their senior year through Flagler Technical Institute, in order to complete the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program. This means that right after graduation our Fire Leadership students will be state certified firefighters and certified EMTs.
The FPCHS Fire Leadership Flagship is a joint effort between Flagler Schools and our local fire municipalities: Flagler County Fire Rescue, The City of Palm Coast Fire Department, and the City of Flagler Beach Fire Department. Without their input and support this academy would not be possible. The Flagler County Economic Development Board has determined fire and medical as a high need employment area within Flagler County. The goal of the FPC Fire Leadership Flagship is to graduate job ready firefighters and EMT’s who will be fully trained to work and live in Flagler County.
Flagler County Fire Rescue welcomes all current FPCHS Fire Leadership Flagship students to visit any one of their fire houses at any time. This is a great opportunity for students to see what life is like for a firefighter while also building their professional network.
The City of Palm Coast Fire Department has a fantastic Ride Along Program that our current FPCHS Fire Leadership Flagship students are welcome to participate in. Students who choose to participate in this program get to experience life at a firehouse firsthand and even get to ride along with the firefighters when answering calls. This program takes place after school hours and requires permission slip through the City of Palm Coast Fire Department. Please call their main number for more information.
How To Sign Up:
If you will be a 9th grade student for the 19/20 school year and are interested in joining the Fire Leadership Flagship, be sure to ask your guidance counselor for more information, choose the course on your course selection sheet, and also be sure to complete and submit the application.