Monroe County Fire Rescue welcomes its fifth “Hot Shots” class to Joe London Fire Academy on Grassy Key. Class 22-01 includes 29 qualified men and women starting the process of becoming a career or volunteer firefighter. Twenty-three of the students are residents of Monroe County. The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners continues to support the program that waives the tuition fee for qualified Monroe County residents in exchange for a commitment to volunteer or work as a career firefighter anywhere in the Florida Keys for three years.
“This program provides the opportunity to cultivate and develop the committed men and women that reside in Monroe County and introduce them to a prestigious lifelong career in the fire service,” said Fire Chief Steven Hudson. “This educational opportunity is a win-win to reduce turnover and retain these graduates in our community.”
Students who complete the 17 performance objectives of the firefighter program are prepared to take the State of Florida Firefighter II examination. To be hired at Monroe County Fire Rescue, a candidate must also complete EMT training.
The program finishes on Dec. 16. There are no new classes scheduled at this time. More information about the program can be found at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/hotshots or email Johnson-Cara@monroecounty-fl.gov.
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