The Fire Leadership Academy opened its doors to students in January of 2017, with an inaugural class of 50 students. In the 2017-2018 school year, 75 new students joined the academy. Students must enroll in the academy 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 Academy courses is a state certified firefighter and a certified Florida State Fire College instructor. Academy 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. Program completers will be eligible to sit for state fire certifications once they turn 18 and will have the opportunity to work toward their EMT certification. This academy is also great for students hoping to enter the medical field, as students will gain a tremendous amount of medical and first responder experience.
The FPC Fire Leadership Academy is a joint effort between Flagler Schools and our local fire municipalities: Flagler County Fire Rescue, The City of Palm Coast Fire Department, City of Bunnell Fire, 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 Academy is to graduate job ready firefighters who will be fully trained to work and live in Flagler County.
There are limited seats available for the Fire Leadership Academy each year, so interested students should speak with their guidance counselor for more information and be sure to choose the academy on their spring course selection sheets.