Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fire Cadet Program accepting applications until October 22, 2010

Do you know a teenager who is excited about the Fire Department and interested in learning valuable life skills in a hands-on, high intensity environment?

The Calgary Fire Department is accepting applications until October 22, 2010 for our youth Fire Cadet Program.

Applicants must:

  • Be 15 to 18 years old,
  • Be enrolled in high school in Calgary or the surrounding area (Airdrie, Crossfield, Okotoks, High River, Strathmore, etc.)
  • Be able and willing to commit to the 18 month program, and
  • Display an enthusiastic attitude with a willingness to learn

The youth Fire Cadet program is an initiative of the Calgary Fire Department, in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Separate School District, with corporate sponsorship from ATCO Gas.

The Fire Cadet program began in 2000 when four Fire Department staff saw the potential for a youth-focused program that would utilize Fire Department training methods to teach students important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, pride, and respect.

Since that time, more than 200 students from the Calgary area have participated in the Cadet program and have graduated with incredible life skills.  The Fire Cadet program has grown over the past few years and is now an 18 month program.  Each new class of 20 high-school age Cadets will spend three and a half hours, one evening a week, learning at the Calgary Fire Department Training Academy.

The program gives high school students in the Calgary area a chance to learn and build on the Calgary Fire Department values of Teamwork, Pride, Professionalism and Respect.  The program emphasizes these values and also teaches Leadership, Community Involvement, and Mentorship.  These values are taught in various ways by using fire department training and skills as a medium.

Cadets learn basic Firefighter skills, such as; Vehicle Extrication, Search and Rescue, Fire Extinguishers, CPR and First Aid as well as many other topics.  Class time is usually divided into one-third theory and two-thirds hands-on practical training.

Instruction on each topic not only focuses on the specific skill being learned, but also on how to integrate the skills and values learned into daily activities.  By doing so, the Fire Cadet Program is helping to transform youth into young adults with the skills and vision to impact our community.

It is our belief that by teaching strong values to the youth of our city, the Calgary Fire Department is building a stronger future for our community and our city.

Application forms and information are available from:

  • the Calgary Fire Cadet website
  • the Career Office at any local High School, or
  • the Fire Cadet Office (Phone 403-268-8774)

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