Program Description

  • Academy Logo Students attending this academy are introduced to the healthcare and public safety fields. The cadets are trained as Emergency Medical Responders and Firefighters. The curriculum covers basic firefighting skills in Firefighting 1, 2 and 3. The Health Science courses cover the basic medical skills such as CPR, patient assessment and first aid.  During their senior year, students have the opportunity to dual enroll in Santa Fe Colleges’ EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) program.  

    The summer following their senior year, students will finish earning their Florida State Firefighter I certification by completing the final live burn scenarios and be eligible for state certification. This is done during the summer following their senior year because students must be 18 years old to participate in the live burn.

    Application Requirements

    Minimum requirement is a 2.5 GPA, no more than 6 unexcused absences, no "major" referrals and teacher recommendation requested.  

    Essay Required:

       Career and Technical Education Short Essay Prompts (300 words or less):

    1. What has motivated you to become interested in this career and apply to this/these academy/academies? (Answered for each CTE Program student applies to).

    2. What else would you like us to know about you?

Academy of Fire and EMS


    Firefighting class training.

    What Will I Learn?  

    Students are trained as Emergency Medical Responders (including CPR certification), Florida State Firefighter I, and also have the opportunity to dual enroll at Santa Fe College in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program.

    CTE Curriculum Tracts

    Each CTE Tract consists of three elective courses. The Academy of Fire & EMS offers two CTE tracts. Completion of both tracts is required with few exceptions. Both tracts have potential for earning industry certifications if students prove proficiency.

    EMR (Emergency Medical Responder)

    Health science 1 & 2 are prerequisites for EMR

    • Health Science 1 - Anatomy & Physiology
    • Health Science 2 - Health Foundations
    • Emergency Medical Responder

    FIRE (State of Florida Firefighter 1)

    • Firefighting 1
    • Firefighting 2
    • Firefighting 3

    Course Recommendations

    Grade  -    Fall Semester                       -   Spring Semester

    9th      -    Principles of Public Service   -   Health Foundations

    10th    -    Anatomy & Physiology         -   Firefighting 1

    11th    -    Firefighting 2                       -   Emergency Medical Responder          

    12th    -    Firefighting 3                       -   Directed Study or Dual Enrolled EMT @ SFC


Academy Instructor

 Chief Mark Smith

Phone: 352-955-6839


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Education (Fire Science/Industrial Safety) Florida Firefighter Minimum Standards Emergency Medical Technician Fire Instructor III CPR Instructor Executive Fire Officer, National Fire Academy

Chief Mark Smith


Chief Smith came to the Academy of Fire & EMS in 2016. Prior to that he spent 11 years as the Fire Marshal for Alachua County Fire Rescue, 5 years with Gainesville Fire Rescue and 6 years with the University of Florida. In his spare time, Chief Smith still serves in a part-time capacity as a Firefighter/EMT with both High Springs Fire Department and Newberry Fire Department. He started his career in the fire service over 30 years ago in Maryland outside Washington D.C. where he lived in a fire station as a college student at the University of Maryland.

Chief Smith is married with three children who all went through the Alachua County Public School system. Two graduated from Eastside IB and currently attend the University of Florida and his youngest is a senior at Buchholz High School.

Chief Smith expects his students to be engaged in learning the tools of the trade in fire and EMS because one day someone's life may depend on them.


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