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What Kind of Student Am I?

There are two types of students enrolled in a Firefighter I/II Recruit School. The students are either department sponsored or self-sponsored.  

Admission criteria:

  • You must be 18 to enter the course
  • High school diploma (or equivalent)
  • If using VA benefits, official transcripts must be obtained from all schools attended, including all military transcripts.
  • Scanned copy of current valid driver’s license (Faxed copies cannot be accepted)
  • Successful completion of CPAT (out of state students must submit AFC CPAT form)
  • Proof of health insurance (front and back of card)
  • AFC Physical Statement form signed by medical doctor, or such physician’s designee, within the last 12 months
  • Background check and drug screen will be completed on the first day of class for self-sponsored students.
  • For department personnel, the department’s chief must submit a Notice of Employment form (rev. 2/1/18).


What is a department sponsored student?
Department sponsored students are paid suppression employees of an Alabama fire department. The sponsoring department provides tuition payment, department-issued uniforms for daily wear, and department-issued dress uniform for graduation. 



What is a self-sponsored student?
Self-sponsored students are students that are not working as paid suppression employees of a fire department. They must attend the Firefighter I/II Recruit School at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa or an AFC Regional Recruit School.


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