Ricky Rescue Training Academy is the first online training provider to be approved by the Florida State Fire College under the new "Quality Matters" standards. That’s something we’re very proud of! We are also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
What Is SACS CASI Accreditation And Why Is It Important?
SACS CASI is a regional, educational accreditation organization that is recognized by the US Department of Education as well the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As a voluntary and non-governmental agency, SACS CASI is responsible for determining and administering the accreditation of around 13,000 educational institutions (public and non-public) across the southern US, Mexico, Central, and South America.
Accreditation with an organization like SACS is important because it
- Verifies that an institution meets or exceeds minimum quality standards of education
- Provides students with a guide to acceptable educational institutions
- Helps determine the acceptability of transfer credits between educational institutions
Leading the way in online education for firefighter's in Florida
Ricky Rescue Training Academy offers quality online fire courses and online fire training that meets all the pre-certification requirements for Florida State Fire certification. Courses offered by RRTA include the popular Fire Officer courses as well as courses for Fire Investigator, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Pump Operator and Safety Officer.
All courses are self-paced and ongoing open enrollment. This means you can enroll when convenient for you and then work through the coursework at your own pace. Some of the courses are blended, which involves attending at least one full day classroom session at one of our convenient locations around Florida. Other courses can be completed entirely online. Successful completion of the course work and required task book will qualify you to take the Fire Marshals Office / Bureau of Fire Standards and Training tests to obtain final certification or renew a current Florida Fire College certificate.
About Ricky Rescue Training Academy
Ricky Rescue Training Academy is co-owned by experienced firefighters Chad Ketron and Jeromy VanderMeulen who between them have more than 35 combined years of firefighting experience! They also hold current state certifications in all the courses that are offered through RRTA.
Chad and Jeromy started RRTA in 2009 after recognizing that there was a need for a more convenient, cost-effective way for firefighters to keep their accreditations current, or advance their careers within the Florida Fire Service. Attending a weeklong college course is often simply not feasible because of staffing issues and it can be expensive. So the idea of offering approved self-paced online versions of FSFC courses was born and RRTA was established to facilitate this.