Program Description

  • 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?


    Tentative Magnet Application Timeline

    January 7, 2020 – Application Opens

    • online application available via a link on
    • paper copies will be available at each school, if needed

    February 3, 2020 – Application closes 

    • online applications closes @ 11:59 p.m.
    • paper applications must be postmarked by this date

    March 30, 2020 – Parent notified of acceptance/waitlist

    April 7, 2020 – Parent/Student Commitment deadline


    Application/Process Questions

     Contact Kim Neal - 352-955-7629 or

     School/Program Specific Questions:  Contact the School


     Apply Here

Academy of Fire and Emergency Medical Services

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    What Will I Learn?

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

    Course Recommendations

    9th Grade - Principles of Public Service and Health Foundations

    10th Grade- Anatomy & Physiology and Firefighting 1

    11th Grade- Firefighting 2 and Emergency Medical Responder

    12th Grade - Firefighting 3 and Emergency Medical Technician (dual enrolled)


  • Career Academy Forum

    November 14, 2019 All 8th Graders and their parents are invited to attend this event at Buchholz High School. You will have the opportunity to meet the instructor, talk to students, ask questions, and get important information.

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  • Career Expo

    Please join us for our Career Expo on January 9, 2020 at Loften HS. Visit the Automotive classroom and workshop, talk to students, and meet the instructor.

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  • SkillsUSA Service Organization

    SkillsUSA is the student career technical service organization (CTSO) for the Academy of Fire & Emergency Medical Services. Click the link above for more information.

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