Common Questions

  1. Since Polk State College does not actually offer the required Fire Science classes, where can I take them? Online? Cost?

    Polk State College does not provide direct instruction for any fire courses. The student has the flexibility of finding the fire (FFP, ATPC, or BFST) courses that are best suited for them, this includes online or traditional classes, scheduling, cost, and location.

    Fire Science courses can be taken from a variety of sources including the local fire academy:
    Ridge Technical College
    7700 State Road 544
    Winter Haven, FL 33881
    Phone: 863.419.3060

    Information about these various Fire Science courses offered throughout the State of Florida is available at the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST) website ( They also offer fire courses and dorms at their BFST training facility in Ocala, Florida.

    The general education requirements at Polk State College for this degree can be taken in a variety of methods, online, blended, or traditional classrooms, depending on availability.