Fire Chief Message

On behalf of the Seminole Tribe Fire Rescue Department, I would like to welcome you to our webpage.

I am proud to lead the men and women of the Seminole Tribe Fire Rescue Department who not only take pride in our mission and the community we service, but strive to continually improve the quality of life for the citizens and caring for our community.


The unlawful use of any controlled substances, as designated by Florida State Statutes, by an applicant shall be reviewed by IAU (Investigative Aide Unit) to determine if the applicant is considered to be of good moral character. This determination shall be made based on all relevant facts, including the type of controlled substance used, the date of the last use, the frequency of use, and the age of the applicant at the time of use.

After the IAU reviews all relevant facts, an applicant shall either continue in the hiring process or if they fail to meet the Seminole Public Safety Department’s standards for past drug use, they will be classified as either Permanently Disqualified (DQ), which does not allow applicant to reapply for any position or Failed Background (FB) which allows an applicant to reapply as in 12 months.

If any of the following are indicated it shall result in an automatic disqualification:

  • Candidate should be free from illegal drug use (includes use of prescription drugs without a prescription) at the time of application, and no sale or distribution of any drug; and additionally, to be drug free with the following stipulations: 
  • No use of marijuana or CBD in the prior twelve months to the submission of the application and no sale or distribution in lifetime.
  • No use of any controlled substance (cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, heroin, fentanyl, synthetic opioids, prescription narcotics without a prescription, and all other drugs on the controlled drug schedules) for the past five years prior to the date of the application submission.
  • No use of steroids without a prescription for five years prior to the date of the submission of the application.
  • No history of diversion or violations of the Florida Prescription Monitoring Program also known as E-FORSCE (Electronic-Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substance Evaluation Evaluation Program)