The Fire Science Technology Program is designed to allow fire service or fire protection professionals to enhance their technical competencies and prepare for career advancement. The program emphasizes the scientific basis of fire hazards and the control of these hazards, effective operating procedures at fires and other emergencies, and preparation of students for leadership and managerial positions.
Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and math.
Note: If a student is not currently a Florida State Certified Firefighter and would like to become one, he or she must earn the State of Florida Firefighter I and II certifications through a state certified fire academy such as the one at Ridge Career Center, 7700 State Road 544, Winter Haven, FL 33881; telephone: 863.419.3060. The Ridge Center Fire Academy is a separate program from the Polk State Fire Science Technology Program.
As of November 18, 2013, it became mandated that students attain State of Florida Firefighter (Part I) prior to pursuing the Fire Officer certifications that are part of the articulated credit requirement for this degree. However, Chart A, Option V (Fire Safety) is designed for students who do not hold the Firefighter I Certification. This option is intended for risk managers, safety personnel, fire marshal personnel, insurance investigators, fire engineers, etc.
Firefighters who hold out-of-state, national, or military certifications or fire courses must contact the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training to ask for an equivalency review to determine what is needed to satisfy or convert these certifications to Florida certifications. For more information, students should contact the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, 11655 NW Gainesville Rd. Ocala, FL 34482-1486; telephone: 352.369.2800.