The Cadet Program, in partnership with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, is designed for young men and women, ages 16-18 years old. Cadets works side by side with active and retired members of AFRD to get a behind-the-scenes look at careers in fire and emergency services. The purpose of this program is to expose students to careers available through the fire service and gain a better understanding of the principles and responsibilities of any public safety agency.
Following participation in AFRD’s Delayed Entry “Pathway” Program or the single gender Camp Ignite Program, interested students will be invited to participate in the year-long cadet program. Each cadet will be assigned to Atlanta Fire Station 16 in Vine City where they will be required to report to the station on Saturdays from the hours of 8:00 am to 12:00 pm from September 2019 through March 2020.
As a comprehensive leadership and workforce development program, each cadet will participate in activities related to the five core areas: career opportunities, character development, life skills, leadership and citizenship.
These skills will be provided through hands-on experiences in such things as basic firefighting skills, hands-only CPR, emergency preparedness, tools & equipment maintenance, fire prevention as well as community service. These activities enhance a cadet’s participation for future roles as productive citizens, responsible community members, and prospective firefighters.
The Cadet Program serves to support AFRD’s long term strategic goal to hire within the city and to reduce current vacancy rates. The program further promotes increased community resiliency, and a formal mentorship for the youth of the city. Becoming a cadet is an excellent way to develop necessary skills and gain valuable experience that will be helpful in any endeavor.
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