Monroe County Fire Rescue welcomed its fourth “Hot Shots” class to Joe London Fire Academy on Grassy Key on Sept. 1. 

Class 21-01 includes 30 qualified men and women starting the process to become a volunteer or career firefighter. Twenty-six of the students are residents of Monroe County.

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners continues to support the program that waives the tuition fee for qualified Monroe County residents in exchange for a commitment to volunteer or work as a career firefighter anywhere in the Florida Keys for three years.

“This program provides the opportunity to cultivate and develop men and women that reside in Monroe County and introduce them to a prestigious lifelong career in the fire service,” said Fire Chief Steven Hudson.

The program finishes on Dec. 17. There are no new classes scheduled at this time. Students who complete the 17 performance objectives of the firefighter program will be prepared to take the State of Florida Firefighter II examination. To be hired at Monroe County Fire Rescue, a candidate must also complete EMT training.More information about the program is at or via email to [email protected].

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