Fire Leadership

FPC Fire LeadershipThe Fire Leadership program of study initially became available to students in January 2017 with an inaugural class of 50 students. This flagship has continued to grow since then, filling to capacity each year. 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 program of study is a state certified firefighter and a certified Florida State Fire College instructor. 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, 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 program of study will also have the opportunity to dual enroll their senior year through Flagler Technical College, 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.

Community Partners
The FPCHS Fire Leadership program of study 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 FPCHS Fire Leadership Flagship is to graduate job-ready firefighters and EMTs who will be fully trained to work and live in Flagler County.

Flagler County Fire and 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 may 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 a permission slip through the City of Palm Coast Fire Department. Please call their main number for more information.

Application Process
For the 2022–23 school year, only incoming 9th grade students will be accepted as new students into the Fire Leadership Program. Incoming 9th graders who are interested in applying, should select the course on their course selection sheets, and submit an online Fire Leadership Application for the 2022–23 school year. Please contact your guidance counselor for more information.

If you are an incoming 10th grade student please contact Captain Gil Aspinwall, or your FPC guidance counselor for more information.

FPC students who are currently enrolled in the Fire Leadership Program do not need to reapply.

Fire Leadership Application 2022–23