HCC Fire Academy training recruits to respond to fire emergencies

May 8, 2017



Tampa, FL – The Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Fire Academy is training local men and women to assist in fire emergencies such as the recent Bay area brush fires. The HCC Fire Academy is home to 150 students who are being trained as first responders to serve Bay area families when they need them the most.

There are thousands of certified firefighters in Hillsborough and the five surrounding counties, and that number grows exponentially when you factor in the number of firefighters across the state. At any given moment, there are a number of openings for new firefighters – meaning a pool of available certified firefighters must be ready and maintained at all times. We are training men and women to answer that call.

When students graduate from the Fire Academy, they are certified in the Division of Forestry classes which allows them to assist in situations like the recent brush fires immediately upon being hired by a department.

The HCC Fire Academy has served the west central Florida area since the early 1970s by providing highly skilled firefighters to the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and other surrounding municipalities.

Hillsborough Community College serves over 45,000 students annually at its five campuses located throughout Tampa Bay. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit hccfl.edu.


Ashley Jeffery, ajeffery4@hccfl.edu

Media Contacts

Ashley Carl, Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations
acarl@hccfl.edu, 813.253.7158

Angela Walters, Strategic Communications Officer
awalters13@hccfl.edu, 813.259.6589

Chris DeManche, Community Relations & Marketing Manager
, 813.259.6567

Ashley Jeffery, Community Relations & Marketing Manager
ajeffery4@hccfl.edu, 813.259.6591

Debbi Ordaz, Public Relations Specialist
dordaz@hccfl.edu, 813.253.7066   

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