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Steps to Becoming a Firefighter

Self-sponsored students (those students not already working as paid employees of a fire department) become certified Alabama Fire Fighters by attending Fire Fighter I/II (recruit school) at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa or attending an AFC Regional Recruit School at an approved Regional Training Center and passing all skills tests as well as the Alabama State Fire Fighter Certification exam given at the end of recruit school.

Step 1
All students must meet the following requirements before applying for admission to recruit school:
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must have a current, valid CPAT certification
  • Must complete physical statement form AND proof of health insurance form, signed by an Alabama-licensed doctor (not a Nurse Practitioner)

    Additional Fire Bridge requirements:
  • Certified Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • Certified Hazardous Materials: Awareness and Operations
  • Successfully completed Fire Fighter Proficiency Exam Level I, conducted by the Alabama Fire College
  • Affidavit certifying 30 hours of continuing education per calendar year as indicated in: 360‐X‐1 (d) (2) General Regulations: Administrative Procedures
Step 2
Submit your Firefighter I/II Recruit School application (download here). You may also obtain a copy of the application from the Student Services office at the Alabama Fire College. 

Include your proof of minimum requirements with application. All paperwork and tuition is due 1 month before the start date of class.

Step 3
Attend the mandatory orientation day (this is usually 1 month prior to the start date of the school). You will receive a letter/email to inform you of the date. PLEASE NOTE: This is mandatory; failure to attend could result in losing your place in the class.

Step 4
Before coming to class, you must complete the required Medical training. You must have proof of one of the following:
  • Emergency Medical Responder training
  • Emergency Care Provider training
  • A current valid EMT license
  • Proof of successful EMT training
You can register for an Emergency Care Provider class. It will be offered during the week prior to the start of recruit school.

For additional information, contact Student Services at 1(800)241-2467 or email at

Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission | 2501 Phoenix Dr - Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405 | Toll Free: 1 (800) 241-2467 - Fax: 205-391-3757