For Immediate Release: October 22, 2015
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016
FSCJ’S Fire Academy of the South Awarded Contract with U.S. Bureau of Prisons
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) Fire Academy of the South (FAS) has been awarded a five-year contract with the United States Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to provide industrial fire brigade training to their employees. The value of the contract over the next five years is $504,000
The training will focus on use of self-contained breathing apparatus and rescue operations in a limited visibility environment. Students in the program will be BOP employees assigned first response responsibilities in federal correctional institutions from around the country.
“We are honored to work with the U.S. BOP to adequately train their employees in the proper and safe use of rescue equipment and operations through the implementation of nationally recognized training techniques,” said FSCJ’s Fire Academy of the South Director Sheldon Reed. “Our instructors are unparalleled in their knowledge, experience and industry credentials and our customized training curriculum will ensure comprehensive training and experience.”
In preparation for the training, FSCJ’s FAS instructors visited Lowell Correctional facility and have met extensively with BOP personnel to ensure the curriculum meets the training priorities established.
The first session is anticipated to start in February 2016 with a total of four training sessions per year.
This training will qualify the students for Pro Board certification for Incipient and Interior Fire Operations for Fire Brigades in compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards. Pro Board recognized certification from an accredited entity is a statement of success, an indisputable mark of performance belonging to individual fire service professionals.