How do I become a firefighter or EMT?

Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training may be obtained at any State of Florida Certified Training Center. For a list of training centers and contact information click here.

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What are the requirements to become a firefighter with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department?

There are a number of different requirements to become a firefighter with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. For a complete list, along with other important employment information, please refer to our Employment Information Page.

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Already a Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic?

You must still be certified in the state of Florida to be eligible for employment with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. You may contact the following organizations for information on challenging the state exams:

Florida State Fire College
11655 NW Gainesville Road
Ocala, Florida 34482-1486
(352) 369-2800

Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C18
Tallahassee, Florida 32311-1738
(850) 245-4440

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Why does a fire engine show up when I call for a medical emergency?

Many times a fire engine will arrive when an ambulance is called because it is the closest emergency vehicle to the scene. All people on the fire engine are trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or paramedics; therefore, they can provide whatever aid is necessary until an ambulance arrives.

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Will I get billed for an ambulance?

If you call an ambulance, but do not require treatment or transportation to a hospital, then you will not get billed. If, on the other hand, you require treatment and/or transportation to a hospital, then you will get billed. The cost varies depending on the type of treatment given while in the ambulance and the distance to the hospital. Please call 904 630 2691 with any additional questions regarding billing.

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Does the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department teach CPR or First Aid?

In the past, JFRD taught CPR to many citizen groups, but unfortunately this program is no longer available. However, the American Red Cross continues to provide training and certification classes in both First Aid and CPR. Call Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767, or visit their website to register or for information on other health and safety classes.

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How can I obtain a copy of an incident report?

There are two different incident reports that are available: one is a fire report; the other, a rescue report. A fire report can be picked up at Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Headquarters, 515 N. Julia St. The information you must provide are the date and address of the fire, along with a $3 fee. A rescue report can also be acquired at Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Headquarters. A medical release form or subpoena is required for anyone other than the victim trying to pick up a rescue report. Otherwise a valid drivers license and $5 fee are required. Call 630-0434 for more information.

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How do I schedule a fire safety-related educational program?

Please e-mail jfrdstandby@coj.net for information about community outreach and fire safety presentations.

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