The program’s mission is to enable cadets to better understand the firefighting career through an experience that balances both classroom and hands-on learning. Each cadet will learn mental and physical wellness, a sense of self-responsibility, personal growth, leadership, teamwork, and fire prevention skills.
What Do Fire Cadets Do?
Fire Cadets have the opportunity to:
Receive CPR and First Aid certification
Fight real fires in controlled scenarios
Cut apart cars using vehicle extrication tools
Practice search and rescue techniques
Use rope rescue techniques to climb down a building
Through career internships and work experience, Fire Cadets can also earn high school credits for their involvement in the program.
Applicants should be:
14-18 years of age at start of the program
Enrolled in an Edmonton or surrounding area high school (Cadets may finish the program after graduation of high school)
Physically capable with a positive attitude and a good work ethic
Able to commit to 1 night a week for 2 semesters (class is held from 6-9:30pm) on Wednesdays
Able to obtain medical clearance from doctor upon acceptance of program
Able to arrange own transportation to and from fire training school on class nights
Applications are accepted between April 1 and April 30 of each year
Selected students are asked to interview in May
Successful candidates will begin the program in September
Students are expected to make the Edmonton Fire Cadet program a priority. The course runs for a total of 10 months: beginning in September and ending in June. The program is aligned with Alberta Education curriculum, following a two-semester course (2 levels) format.
Edmonton firefighters take great pride in being ambassadors in our communities while helping others in need. That's why our cadets are expected to complete 30 hours of community service to complete the program. Many opportunities are offered to help complete this requirement.
Through sponsorship with ATCO, the cost to students is minimal.
There is a $200 fee due at the start of class. Funding support is available for those in need.
All necessary uniforms and learning materials will be provided to cadets.
Participants will be required to provide their own running/athletic shoes.
Before Fire Cadets, I was hesitant to try new things, but the camaraderie and encouragement from the leaders and the other Fire Cadets helped my confidence grow. Fire Cadets opened many new doors for me, including the confidence to seek employment for the first time. I also learned how to channel my energy into more positive things, such as volunteering. My life would be very different today if it wasn't for this program.
Autumn Fjeldberg, Cadet Class 2
The firefighters made Fire Cadets so welcoming. I knew every Wednesday I was going to be surrounded by great people learning exciting, new things! There is no other program that will provide you with such a hands-on firefighting experience. Working with hoses, extinguishers, ladders and live fire was incredible.
Hunter Slobinyk, Cadet Class 2
The Fire Cadet program was one of the most challenging, life-changing, yet rewarding things I've ever done. As a result of being pushed outside of my comfort zone every week, my confidence grew and I became a more resilient and dedicated person. The genuine team atmosphere allowed me to discover a passion for leadership, teaching, as well as community service and volunteerism. It also helped me encourage other girls that we can excel in male-dominated fields.
Karli Raye Cameron, Cadet Class 2
Fire Cadets was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I went into it unsure if I wanted to follow a career in firefighting, but after completing the program, I know that being an Edmonton firefighter is what I want to do. I am extremely proud to be a graduated Edmonton Fire Cadet.