- 14 to 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)
- Be physically capable with a positive attitude and a good work ethic
- Be able to commit to one night a week of 3 semesters
- Must obtain medical clearance from doctor upon acceptance of program
- Must be able to arrange own transportation to and from fire training school on class nights
The Edmonton Fire Cadets program is an opportunity for high school students to learn about Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, while developing the important life skills needed to become career firefighters in the City of Edmonton.
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 will 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
- Receive Fall Protection certification
- Gain the opportunity to be tested and certified in NFPA 1001 Level 1
Through career internships and work experience, fire cadets have the opportunity to earn up to 6 high school credits for their involvement in the program.