LAKE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
MASTER PLAN OF INSTRUCTION
FIRE FIGHTER / EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN – COMBINED PROGRAM
Dr. Diane Culpepper, Lake Technical College Executive Director
Ron Williams, Fire Program Training Director
Layne Hendrickson, EMS Department Coordinator
Lake Technical College is accredited by the Commission of the Council of Occupational Education
The mission of Lake Technical College is to be an integral component of the economic growth and development in our communities by offering a variety of high quality career-education and training opportunities.
Lake Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, genetic information, age, pregnancy, disability, or marital status in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices. The district also provides access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society.
FIRE FIGHTER / EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN – COMBINED PROGRAM
The Fire Fighter/EMT Combined Program is a 792-hour program offering a sequence of 4 courses with 3 occupational completion points. The program is comprised of comprehensive courses consisting of lectures, practical “LIVE” fire training, and EMT clinical rotation and field internship. Graduates will be eligible to take the state firefighter certification and state EMT certification National Registry examination.
OCP Course Number Course Title Length SOC Code
Fire Fighter I
Fire Fighter II
Emergency Medical Technician
Per Florida Statue 633.34.6, to become a Fire Fighter in the State of Florida, an individual must be a non-user of tobacco, and the individual must sign an affidavit stating he/she is not a user of tobacco.
To apply for admission into the Fire Fighter/EMT Combined Program, each applicant must:
* Be at least 18 years of age, unless a dual-enrolled high school senior and 17 years old. A qualified high school student may be eligible if he/she has met all academic requirements for graduation. Dual-enrolled applicant must be 18 years old to test for fire certification and prior to beginning of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMS0159) course.
* Have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent.
* Be of good moral character.
* Possess a valid Florida driver’s license. Note: Applicant must be a resident of Florida for at least one year to pay in-state tuition rate.
* Take the Florida Ready to Work test and score a minimum of a Silver Level.
* Take the TABE test, level 10 in all subjects, 10-11 level TABE.
* Submit to a fingerprint background check. See Florida Statute 633 excerpt (page 3 of this document) related to background check.
* Submit to a drug screening. Additional drug screenings may be required during the program if suspicion warrants. If at any time the student’s drug test is positive and has not been medically approved, the student will be withdrawn from the program. NOTE: Students are responsible for payment of all fees related to drug screening.
* Have passed a physical examination including EKG and hearing test by a licensed Florida physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner within six months of the starting date of the program, meeting the requirements of the Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Medical Examination Form. The applicant is required to provide documentation of mandatory shots and immunization prior to beginning the Emergency Medical Technician (EMS0110) course.
* Current Professional CPR card.
* Submit a driver’s license history with the application packet. This must be an official certified record from a Courthouse. An applicant with excessive points or license suspended within the last three years will be disqualified. Applicants with a DUI on their record should contact the Fire Academy Office before applying.
* Complete LTC’s online school application.
Along with the completion of the above-listed admission criteria, an applicant must submit a completed LTC’s Fire
Fighter/EMT Combined Program application for conditional acceptance into the program.
Florida Statute 633 (excerpt) Firefighter Certification; Qualification for Certification
* A person making application for Firefighter Certification is ineligible if previously convicted of a misdemeanor relating to the certification or to perjury or false statements, or a felony or a crime punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more under the law of the United States or of any state thereof or under the law of any other country, or dishonorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. “Convicted” means a finding of guilt or the acceptance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in any federal or state court or a court in any other country, without regard to whether a judgment of conviction has been entered by the court having jurisdiction of the case.
Final admission to the Fire Fighter/EMT Combined Program BASED ON THE FOLLOWING: Students are accepted into the Firefighting program on a conditional admission basis. Final admission is contingent upon passing the Simulated Candidate Physical Ability Test (SCPAT), passing a drug screening test and fingerprinting background check. Refer to the Lake Tech web site for details.
Untruthfulness or omissions on the LTC or program application will be grounds for dismissal if applicant is admitted to the program.
Federal and state legislation requires the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities as identified on the secondary student’s IEP or 504 plan or postsecondary student’s accommodations plan to meet individual needs to ensure equal access. Postsecondary students with disabilities must self-identify, present documentation, request accommodations if needed, and develop a plan with their postsecondary provider.
Students desiring accommodations or updates to their accommodations are encouraged to self-identify as early in the program as possible. In order to receive disability accommodations, students must self-disclose the disability to the Special Populations Coordinator and provide documentation that clearly shows evidence of a disability and applicable accommodations. The Special Populations Coordinator will schedule a meeting with the student and faculty to discuss the documented disability and applicable accommodations.
Accommodations received in postsecondary education may differ from those received in secondary education. Accommodations change the way the student is instructed. Students with disabilities may need accommodations in such areas as instructional methods and materials, assignments, assessments, time demands, schedules, learning environment, assistive technology and special communication systems. Documentation of the accommodation requested and provided is maintained in a confidential file.
Students in need of academic accommodations for a disability may consult with the Special Populations Coordinator to arrange appropriate accommodations. Students are required to give reasonable notice (typically 5 working days) prior to requesting an accommodation.
BACKGROUND SCREENING – DRUG TESTING
The Agency for Health Care Administration requires all employees and other individuals (students) whose responsibilities may require them to provide personal care or services to residents or has access to their living area or personal property to undergo a background screening. A student whose background screening reveals prior arrest incidents will be counseled regarding a retention program and potential employment opportunities. The healthcare profession recognizes that substance abuse among its members is a serious problem that may compromise the ability of the abuser and jeopardize the safety of patients entrusted to their care. The College, in its effort to maintain high standards of education and clinical practice and to comply with requirements mandated by cooperating clinical facilities, has implemented a drug testing program.
Due to the high-risk nature of training, personal accident insurance is required. Hospitalization/accidental medical insurance is optional. For those who don’t have insurance, a low cost plan is available. See the Admissions Office at Lake Technical College’s main campus. Proof of insurance must be included with the application. For those who don’t have insurance, the forms will be available the first day of class.
Policies and guidelines for the administration of all financial aid are established according to federal and state law. Applicants complete an information form, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and furnish documentation needed to verify eligibility. More information on the application process may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office.
The Financial Aid Office will assist students, where possible, with access to financial support offered by federal agencies (U.S. Department of Education – Pell Grants, Department of Veterans’ Affairs), other state and local agencies and local organizations (scholarships). For information on financial services, contact the Financial Aid Office at Lake Technical College’s main campus 352.589.2250.
All applicants for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs 450 hours or more, with the exception of Florida Law Enforcement Academy applicants, must take a state mandated basic skills examination. Scores are good for two years and must be valid at the time of enrollment.
Assessment instruments meeting this requirement include (must be within 2 years of enrollment to be considered valid):
· A common placement test where a minimum score has been achieved pursuant to Rule 6A-10.0315, F.A.C.;
· Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) 11 & 12; and,
· 2014 GED® Tests: Reasoning through Language Arts and/or Mathematics Reasoning where a minimum score (145) as required in Rule 6A-6A.6.021, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) has been achieved.
· CASAS Goals
Applicants transferring appropriately leveled TABE, GED test sections, or common placement tests must do so by having an official score report sent directly to the Admissions Office prior to enrollment in the program. Scores brought by hand will be accepted only if document provided by the outside testing center is in a sealed envelope. Standardized tests scores are valid for two years.
Several exemptions to basic skills testing are accepted. In order to be exempt, a student must submit official documentation to a career advisor for verification of an exemption:
· Applicants who possess a documented degree in applied science (AAS) level or higher;
· Applicants who earned a Florida standard high school diploma, 2007 or later (see withdrawal codes for standard);
· Applicants who are serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services;
· Documented passing scores on state-designated industry certification tests may be used;
· Any student enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with FDOE in accordance with Chapter 446.
If a student has met or exceeded standard scores on one area of one test, they may use another test to meet the additional skill area requirements. It is acceptable to combine test scores from more than one test. (Rule 6A-10.315, F.A.C.)
Required basic skills exit scores may be waived for documented special needs students as per Florida guidelines. The student must enroll in Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAAE) and begin remediation in order to meet the exit requirements of the CTE program in which the student is enrolled. A student, with a documented disability, who is approaching completion (mastered 90% of the competencies) of the CTE program and has not met TABE scores, may be considered for a TABE exemption.
According to Florida Department of Education rules, students who do not meet basic skills exit scores may only retest after 60 documented hours of remediation in the Applied Academics for Adult Education lab or three months if not attending AAAE. Students may not retake the same test version for six months. We, therefore, strongly recommend that students test early, especially for licensure programs, in order to allow time for remediation and retesting should the need arise.
Students who do not meet the minimum basic skills exit scores set by the Florida Department of Education for their program must begin attending remediation classes in the AAAE lab prior to or at the time of enrollment in a Career and Technical Education program and make acceptable progress as determined by the AAAE faculty. Students should meet state mandated basic skills requirements by the time they have completed 50% of their program. Students who do not meet state mandated basic skills exit scores may not receive a certificate of completion as per Florida Department of Education rules.
Applicants transferring appropriately leveled TABE, PERT or other accepted standardized test scores from other testing centers must do so by having an official score report sent directly to the Admissions Office prior to enrollment in the program. Scores brought by hand will be accepted only if document provided by the outside testing center is in a sealed envelope.
Basic skills test scores are good for two years and must be valid at the time of enrollment. Basic skills scores that expire during continuous enrollment remain valid until the end of such enrollment. Under continuous enrollment, students must be enrolled at least 50% of one semester per school year and may miss no more than one consecutive semester. Continuous enrollment applies to attendance in a single program.
The TABE exit scores for this program are reading 10; math 10; and language 10.
Tuition is charged for adult students at a rate established by the State legislature. Current fee information is available in the Admissions Office. Tuition is waived for eligible high school dual enrolled students. Tuition is due prior to the first day of each semester based on the Lake Technical College payment calendar. Failure to pay all fees due at the time class begins will result in not being able to attend class and/or clinical, if applicable.
If it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw from the program, the tuition refund may be given using the following applicable guidelines (excerpts from the LTC refund policy guidelines):
· Withdrawal through the closing of the fifth day of class per semester, 100% of all tuition and eligible fees will be refunded.
· Registration fees are non-refundable.
· Payment plan fees are non-refundable.
· Uniforms are not eligible for refunds.
· Rental fees are non-refundable.
· If student tuition has been paid by a scholarship, the refund due will be returned to the scholarship fund or the agency that sponsored the student.
The Lake Technical College refund policy is listed in its entirety in the College’s catalog on its website
Technology is an integral part of our daily lives. From smart phones to electronic tablets, these devices are becoming items that many cannot function without. In addition, the Internet is changing the way education is delivered. Lake Technical College strives to ensure that our students are able to compete in this technology driven world. With this in mind, it is recommended that students have an online presence and access to the internet.
It is also important that students have an email address that they check on a regular basis. A lot of information may come to you through your email, so it is important that you check it regularly. If you do not have an email address, there are numerous services that provide FREE email addresses. Please make sure your faculty have a current working email address for you. See your faculty for more information.
The advent of social media has created a world-wide communication medium for persons of all ages. While extremely popular, these websites have also created their own set of “not-so-popular” problems such as cyber-stalking, identity theft, cyber-bullying, cyber-cheating (posting of exam, or other course material), and a host of other nebulous challenges that users may face. Another reality associated with social media is its far-reaching consequences for those who share posts that may be seen by others as inappropriate.
Potential employers, current employers, civic, or educational organizations you may be associated with, and many others are looking at social media sites for information that may tell them things about an individual. Students should also be cautioned on how private their social media content really is – despite the settings on an account. All social media sites are potentially vulnerable. A simple search of how to view pages that are set as “private” for a popular social media website yielded numerous responses for ways to view the content. Everything from blogs to online videos offer to explain how to accomplish this task.
Students in all programs need to be cognizant of the fact that most professions rely on great moral character. It is recommended that when using social media, assume that all posts will be seen/read by everyone with access to the internet.
FIRE FIGHTER / EMT PROGRAM PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE
· To provide the means of developing the basic firefighting and EMT knowledge and skills required by the State of Florida Division of Fire Marshal’s Office, the Florida Department of Health, and Lake Technical College.
· To impart to the student the proper attitude and discipline required for gainful employment within the fire service or pre-hospital emergency medicine.
· To provide training for firefighters that meet NFPA 1001 standards as outlined in Florida Statute 633, implemented by Rule 69A, and EMT training as outlined in Florida Administrative Code 64-J and Florida Statute 401.
In an effort to develop appropriate work ethics, Lake Tech students are expected to attend all class sessions. As is expected in the workplace, when it is necessary to be absent due to illness or emergency situations, all students are to notify the faculty on or before the date of absence. The student attendance policy for each postsecondary program is consistent with industry standards.
Campus attendance is kept via a computerized system. It is the responsibility of the student to log in and out in order to receive credit for class time. This allows the school to keep accurate attendance records for the actual number of hours and minutes attended. Faculty are not expected to manually enter student attendance. Only one override is permitted for failure to log in or out. Therefore, failure of a student to log in and out may result in a documented absence. Logging in or out for another student or having another student log in or out is unacceptable behavior and may result in dismissal.
A student who is absent for six (6) consecutive class sessions will be withdrawn from enrollment in his/her program. A student withdrawn for absenteeism must petition administration to return. A student having medical documentation or documentation of an extenuating circumstance does not need to petition to return. Students exhibiting a pattern of consecutive absences less than six days will be subject to dismissal as determined by a School Intervention Team.
Absenteeism, tardiness, and leaving early are a reflection on the trainee’s personal character and an indicator of disinterest in attaining professional status in the field. Excessive absence or tardiness will be grounds for reprimands and/or dismissal from the program. These areas are also a main point of interest that employing agencies explore when reviewing trainee records for employment or retention.
Classroom, lab and clinical rotations scheduling will not be arranged around a student’s employment schedule. It is expected that the student’s education comes first. Each student is expected to be punctual and in attendance for all classroom, lab, and clinical rotations. Employment should in no way interfere with the student’s academic or clinical responsibility.
Specific attendance requirements are outlined in the Course Requirements section of this Master Plan of
It is important to keep in mind that faculty in the Fire Fighter/EMT Combined Program also work in their respective fields and hire new employees as well as give employment recommendations to other agencies. They take note of a student’s attendance record as well as absenteeism and tardiness. Think about your future—the first day of class in this program starts your interview!
Students who attend Lake Technical College shall dress in a manner appropriate for the job in which they are receiving training, including any special protective gear and professional uniforms. All clothing, makeup, and jewelry must be clean, neat, modest, in good repair, appropriately sized, and be neither distracting nor offensive.
When off campus students will not engage in unprofessional behavior, such as but not limited to, alcohol consumption and unquestionable behavior while in uniform. Violation of this policy will result in the student being placed on probation. A second offense will result in termination from the program.
The Executive Director or designee has the final authority for determining whether or not a student’s apparel conforms to the dress code. If it is determined that it does not, students will be required to change into clothing which will conform to this code or leave campus. Students may return to campus when they have changed into appropriate clothing.
The Fire Fighter/EMT Combined Program has a specific uniform dress code. Students are expected to report to class and all related program activities in clean and maintained attire. Undergarments shall be worn at all times. Shirts are to be tucked in at all times.
In the classroom, students will wear the following:
· long black pants for all courses
· Fire courses - blue Lake Technical Fire Academy dress shirts (class A)
· EMT courses - EMT approved polo shirt
· black belt with silver buckle
· black athletic shoes
· Black socks tube-length to wear with boots (student provided)
· Black socks for PT (student provided)
· Jewelry is confined to a wedding and/or engagement ring, if applicable, and a watch. Body piercing, which includes, but is not limited to, ears, brows, nose, lips, and tongue, is not permitted.
· Make-up is to be moderately applied and should be consistent with the professional nature of Fire Fighting and EMS.
· Hair should be clean and groomed neatly. Hairstyle and color should be consistent with the professional nature of Fire Fighting and EMS. Extremes in either will not be allowed. Hair longer than shoulder length (men or women), must be tied back. For safety reasons, long hair must be kept under a hood during training. No hats may be worn in the classroom, lab areas, or during EMT clinical and internship. Students must be cleaned shaven. Neatly trimmed mustaches are permitted provided an air mask seal can be obtained. The mustache, however, may not extend below the corners of the mouth. Sideburns cannot extend below the bottom of the ear.
· Fingernails are to be kept clean and trimmed not to exceed ¼” passed the nail tip. Polished nails must be clear or neutral in color. Bright and dark color nail polish as well as artificial and gel nails are not permitted.
· Body art must be covered.
Caps or hats are prohibited when in uniform (including PT uniform).
During Physical Training (PT), students will wear the following:
· Lake Technical College (only) shorts and shirts for PT and under turnouts
· Lake Technical College (only) sweat pants, sweat shirts, or jacket for PT and under turnouts
· Black socks
Emergency Medical Technician (EMS0110) course, the following items are required:
· Lake Technical College student photo ID badge
· Watch with second hand
· Student kit (included in supply fee)
· Blue ink pen
· Safety glasses
· Small spiral-bound notebook
At the discretion of the faculty, Lake Technical College shorts may be worn under turnout gear. No tank tops or lettered tee shirts are permitted other than Lake Technical College PT shirts. No sandals or flip-flops are allowed. No jewelry, which includes any type of body piercing jewelry, is allowed. Watches and wedding rings are the only exceptions. Students are not permitted to wear watches during state MSC exams. Academic integrity is a concern to the Fire and EMS programs; therefore, utilizing cell phones and other programmable devices smartwatches are not permitted during testing. Requirements may be altered at the discretion of the lead faculty.
For the Fire Fighter State Exam, students are required to wear uniform pants and PT shirt. Shorts are not allowed to be worn in the State exam.
As set forth in the College’s catalog, it is the student’s responsibility to read and comply with school policies and procedures. The catalog is available on the College’s website, www.laketech.org.
Failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the Fire Fighter/EMT Combined Program may result in one or more of the following:
· First offense: a verbal warning.
· Second offense: a formal written warning (with a letter to student’s sponsor outlining the problem, when applicable).
· Third offense: a suspension for a minimum of eight hours and may be grounds for dismissal. A School Intervention Team (SIT) meeting will be scheduled to consider appropriate disciplinary action.
All reprimands will be documented in the class log.
Bunker gear is not provided by Lake Technical College. The College will make available to you a vendor for rental of the gear. If you have other gear sources, the gear must be approved by a member of the Lake Technical College Fire Fighter staff. It is the responsibility of the recruit to keep the gear clean. The gear will be inspected on a regular basis for cleanliness.
Students are not permitted in any staff member’s private office without permission. The student will knock and receive permission to enter before doing so. Please note that the Institute of Public Safety (IPS) front office is not considered a private office.
Lake Technical College is proud of its graduates and celebrates the next step graduates take whether it is employment, military or further education. Prior to completing, students may visit the Career Success Center for assistance with employability skills such as resume writing. In addition, faculty may provide students with employment leads. However, it is up to the individual student to actively pursue employment opportunities. We like to hear how our graduates are doing and want to celebrate your successes so be sure to communicate with your faculty any employment, military, or further education you enter. Students are required to participate in an Exit Interview prior to their last day in their program.
GROUNDS FOR PROGRAM DISMISSAL
The faculty and staff of Lake Technical College work closely with all students to help them succeed in their chosen profession. Violation of any established program regulation or policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program. There are zero tolerance infractions, however, that will result in a student’s dismissal from the program:
1. Unsatisfactory academic, practical, lab or clinical work.
2. Demonstration of unsafe performance and poor professional judgment in the practical area (to include clinical and field internship) such as, but not limited to, endangering safety of self or others by:
a. Violating standard safety practices;
b. Delaying care that is within the student’s realm of ability and/or knowledge; or
c. Performing skills or procedures beyond the realm of the student's ability and/or knowledge.
3. Being found in any restricted or unauthorized area.
4. Unethical conduct such as fraud, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, breach of confidentiality (HIPAA violation); inappropriate student/patient interaction or interpersonal relation; or aggressive or dishonest behavior towards any school or hospital staff member, physician, patient, or other student, defined as follows:
a. Aggressive behavior is defined as a forceful, self-assertive action or attitude that is expressed physically, verbally, or symbolically and is manifested by abusive or destructive acts towards oneself or others.
b. Dishonest behavior is defined as an untruthful, untrustworthy, or unreliable action.
5. Cheating in any manner.
6. Withdrawal from a hospital or participating agency as the result of due process proceedings based upon a written request from the agency that the student be withdrawn.
7. Violations of the attendance policy.
8. Failure to satisfy identified probationary requirements within the stated time.
9. Failure to comply with requirements as stated in the Master Plan of Instruction.
ANY STUDENT RECEIVING INJURY OR COMPLAINING OF ILLNESS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A MEDICAL EXCUSE. THE STUDENT MUST REPORT ALL INJURIES TO THE FACULTY IMMEDIATELY!
Lockers and showers are provided for the convenience of the students. It is expected that each student will clean up after himself/herself and leave this area in the same condition as found. Each student must furnish his/her own lock for a locker and give the number of the locker being used to the Program Office. The team leader will oversee cleanup of this area.
Students shall park in the designated parking area provided. Students shall walk on the concrete walks from the parking lot to the training area and NOT ON THE GRASS. Students do not play loud car and/or portable radios while in parking areas. Up to 15 minutes before class starts, students may drive their cars to the training area to unload their equipment.
TESTING and GRADING
Lake Technical College is a postsecondary institution designed to provide trained individuals for industry. The approved postsecondary program grading requirements must be met for the student to receive a program certificate.
Written and Practical exams are administered for combined subjects of instruction.
1. Exams are administered for combined subjects of instruction. A student may fail two of the tests, provided he/she passes a retake exam for each test failed with a score of 75% or higher when the exam and retake scores are averaged together. A grade of 75% will be the recorded score. If a third exam is failed, no retake will be allowed and the student will be dismissed from the program.
2. If the student fails an exam and the retake exams combined average of the original test and retake do not meet or exceed the required seventy (75%) percent level, the policy dictates that the student will be dismissed from the program.
3. Exam Retake Policy: If a test is failed the student will be given one hour to review the failed test and the test answer card in the classroom or instructor’s office, the exam cannot be copied or picture taken by device. The student must return the test document and the test answer card to the instructor. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program. The student will retake the exam 3 class sessions after the failure date.
1. A student may fail two tests, provided he/she passes a retake exam for each test failed with a score of 75% or higher when the exam and retake scores are averaged together. A grade of 75% will be the recorded score. If a third exam is failed, no retake will be allowed, and the student will be dismissed from the program.
2. If on any subject test a grade of less than 80% is made, the student will be required to attend a study session with Lake Technical College’s Student Success Counselor. Study sessions will be on Tuesday mornings from 7 am to 9 am in the Minimum Standards classroom on the IPS campus.
Fire Academy Final Exams
To successfully complete the Fire Academy, a student must pass a comprehensive written and practical final exam with a score of 75% or higher. One retake is allowed on the written final. One retake is allowed on the final practical. The entire practical must be retaken. An average of the first attempt is not required on the written or practical final exams.
Clinical/Internship Practical Experience – This is the clinical component for EMT (EMS0110)
A final grade for the student’s clinical and ambulance internship activities is calculated and based on the following criteria:
a. Knowledge and skills: These required components are very closely integrated in the training and work of an EMT or paramedic and, therefore, will be weighted together to make up this portion of the curriculum. The knowledge and skills grade will encompass the following areas of study:
1. Clinical chronology/clinical essay
2. Skills Check Off and competency examinations
b. Professional Skills:
1. Attendance/tardiness to clinical rotations
2. Professional appearance
3. Professional interaction and rapport (teamwork and diplomacy, respect, patient advocacy)
4. Professional conduct (integrity, empathy, self-motivation, and self-confidence)
The student must successfully complete both the clinical/internship portion of the program independent from the classroom portion. The minimum satisfactory grade for the clinical/field internship portion is 75%.
For the convenience of the student, the State practical test for Fire Fighter I (FFP0030) and Fire Fighter II (FFP0031) is given at IPS.
The State written tests for Fire Fighter I (FFP0030) and Fire Fighter II (FFP0031) are given at the Lake Technical
College Testing Center on the College’s main campus.
Florida Statute 401.2701 requires the student to pass a comprehensive final written and practical examination given at the end of EMT (EMS0110). To become a State certified EMT, the graduate must apply for and pass the Florida EMT (National Registry EMT) certification examination. The certification examination is given off-campus.
All visitors to the main campus of Lake Technical College must check in at the Admissions kiosk in the lobby, and all visitors to the IPS campus must check in at the Front Office. Students will not have visitors in the program training areas without approval of the Fire Program Director, MSC Coordinator, or the EMT Program Coordinator.
The State of Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, the Department of Health, Division of Medical, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), and the US Department of Transportation (DOT), National EMS Education Standards for EMT set the curriculum of instruction required to sit for the state certification and licensure examinations. The specific requirements for each of the courses that make up the Fire Fighter/EMT Combined
Program are outlined in this section.
It should be noted that to be certified as a graduate of the Fire Fighter/EMT Combined Program, the student must demonstrate mastery of all competencies in the program, and the student’s final grade for the program will be an average of the final grade for Fire Fighter I and II and the final grade for EMT. The instructional staff reserves the right to assign additional practice to any student who, in their professional opinion, requires additional work to master specific program requirements.
FIRE FIGHTER I (FFP0030) and FIRE FIGHTER II (FFP0031)
Students must receive live fire training in structure, flammable liquids, LP gas fires, and wild lands fires for a mandatory of 54 hours of live burns in Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II. Protective breathing apparatus, rescue, ladder, and hose training must be experienced by the student in order to successfully complete the courses. In addition, all students must rappel from the top floor of the tower and each station as well as climb to the top of the aerial ladder. Failure to complete any portion of the requirements will be grounds for failure.
The Lake Technical Center’s FF1/FF2 classes which are part of the Combo course is 492 hours in length. Students who exceed 18 hours of absence during the 492 hours and the Fire Fighter class will be placed on probation. All absences after the student is placed on probation will require documentation. Only documented sickness or personal emergencies will be approved. Only the MSC Coordinator, the Program Training Director or their designee may give approval of absence. If the total absences exceed 25 hours, the student will be exited from the class. The exception for this will be if the absences were for documented medical reasons. Absenteeism and tardiness are a reflection on the trainee’s personal character and an indicator of disinterest in attaining professional status in the public safety field. These areas are also a main point of interest that employing agencies explore when reviewing trainee records for retention or employment. Class attendance will be documented by an attendance roster. The instructor will verify attendance. Any tardiness is recorded on the daily attendance sheets, regardless of the amount of time. Ex: two minutes, five minutes, etc. All will be recorded.
Fire Fighter I (FFP0030)
The Fire Fighter I course is 191 hours. Class attendance will be documented by an attendance roster. Students are required to sign in for every session, and the faculty will verify attendance. Any tardiness, regardless of the amount of time (i.e., two minutes, five minutes, etc.), is recorded on the daily attendance sheets.
Any student who exceeds 11 hours of absence during the 191 hours will be placed on probation. All absences after the student is placed on probation will require documentation, and only documented sickness or personal emergencies will be approved. Only the MSC Coordinator, the Program Training Director, or their designee may give approval of absence. Failure to meet these requirements will result in suspension and/or dismissal from the program.
Fire Fighter II (FFP0031)
The Fire Fighter II course is 301 hours. Any student who is absent more than 14 hours will be placed on probation. All other rules regarding absences listed in Fire Fighter I (FFP0030) apply also to Fire Fighter II (FFP0031).
Trainees are required to be in attendance at all times when class is in session. Absence from class for any reason other than illness requires prior authorization from the respective Coordinator. Should an emergency arise requiring the student’s absence from any class, the student will inform the respective Training Coordinator in writing (or by telephone with a written report later) prior to the absence or as soon as possible. Failure to call in to report one’s inability to report for class on time will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program. Students must call in at least 30 minutes prior to the start of class. Feigning sickness or injury to avoid class work will be grounds for dismissal from the program.
Homework will be assigned for time missed in excess of 30 minutes, and the MSC Coordinator shall determine what make-up work shall be assigned. Homework assignments must be turned in to the Records Specialist within five (5) class days following the absence. Homework will be one written page for each hour absent and related to the subject missed. Copying from the book is unacceptable. Failure to complete homework may result in termination from the program. Students with incomplete homework will be ineligible for the Minimum Standards State Exam for Certification. Students will not receive a graduation certificate until all homework is completed.
Attendance during certain areas of training is mandated by the State in order to meet competency standards.
STUDENTS UNABLE TO PERFORM PHYSICAL TRAINING (PT) OR TRAINING EVOLUTIONS MAY BE ALLOWED TO SIT OUT FOR ONE CLASS. ABSENCE FROM MORE THAN ONE CLASS REQUIRES AN EXCUSE FROM A DOCTOR STATING THE REASON HE/SHE CANNOT PARTICIPATE AND THE DATE WHEN HE/SHE CAN RESUME NORMAL FIRE FIGHTER TRAINING. STUDENTS UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN REQUIRED DRILLS DUE TO INJURIES OR ILLNESS DOCUMENTED BY A DOCTOR WILL BE UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM AND WILL BE EXITED.
Students who are tardy to class or tardy returning from breaks shall perform one tower* for every minute late, up to
30 towers. Any lateness exceeding 30 minutes shall require homework as stated above and be counted in one-hour increments. All tardiness will be recorded against the student’s attendance. A Certificate of Perfect Attendance will not be awarded to a student who has been tardy. Continued tardiness will result in reprimands and discipline (push- ups, etc.). If tardiness continues, recommendation for dismissal will be initiated.
*Tower means the student will climb the training tower stairs to the sixth floor and return to the ground floor. Fire Fighter I (FFP0030) and Fire Fighter II (FFP0031) Class Procedures
The student must be