Key West High School Fire Academy

Standard Operating Procedures

The Key West Fire Department – Key West High School Academy is an opportunity for currently enrolled students of Key West High School to attend training classes for certification as Fire Fighter / EMT-B. Initial course offerings will be to those students who will be enrolled as 11th and 12th grade for the 2004 – 2005 school year. This program is designed to assist these young adults with career exploration and as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, fire safety inspectors, dive search and rescue, fire protection engineers and technicians, or many other professions or disciplines. Students successfully completing the course will be eligible to apply for certification exams presented by the State of Florida Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire Standards and Training and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Since 1999 the Florida State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire Standards and Training has offered higher education for certified fire fighters in the baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate level. Therefore applicants are expected to graduate with sufficient academic background to apply and be accepted by a junior college or university to continue their education.

Executive Officers of the Key West Fire Department and administrators of the Key West High School will review applications. For acceptance students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and have accumulated credits acceptable for their grade level. Applicants are required to complete physicals by a physician.

After initial training, students are expected to apply for the Key West Fire Department Ride-A-Long program. Through Ride-A-Long, cadets can ride with emergency responders to scenes of major fires, vehicle accidents, and medical emergencies. They will be able to apply what they are learning in the classroom to practical experiences. They will learn by observation what it means to be a firefighter, EMT, or paramedic. Through invaluable training, cadets will observe and possibly assist in a non-hazardous capacity.


1. Will the cadets have to fight fire?

The cadet will be trained in fire suppression and emergency medical services; at no time will they be allowed to go into a burning building. There are numerous tasks that are part of firefighting that are conducted outside a fire, which firefighters rely upon and supervised cadets can perform.

2. How often do they meet?

Fire cadets will meet daily at Key West Fire Station # 3, 1525 Kennedy Dr., Key West, for classroom training. Practical exercises will be conducted at the Monroe County Fire Rescue Service training center at the Joe London Fire Academy, located Grassy Key. Practical training sessions will be scheduled during non-school weekdays; teacher professional days, non-work / non-pay days, or school break weeks.

3. Is a fire cadet ever put into a dangerous situation?

It is against The Key West Fire Department’s policy for any fire cadet to enter into any type of hostile situation or potentially dangerous environment.

4. How do fire cadets receive training?

The Key West Fire Department has professionals in all aspects of fire suppression, fire inspection, dive search and rescue, and emergency management that are certified as instructors. Each fire cadet will have the opportunity to learn from these in-house resources.


Key Fire Department - Key West High School Fire Academy Cadets include youth ages 14 - 18 who are interested in having fun while learning about emergency services.

     · Be of age of 14 and graduated to the 9th grade
     · Fill out the necessary paper work that is given to you at the station
     · Maintain a 2.0 grade point average

Key West Fire Department
Office of the Fire Marshal