With the upcoming one year anniversary of the Edmonton Fire Cadet Program, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is excited to be recruiting their second class of Fire Cadets.
In the inaugural year, the Cadets were a part of both classroom and hands on learning. Notably, they learned basic vehicle extrication, water supply and fire hydrants, emergency dispatch, CPR and First Aid. As well, they have had the opportunity to get hands on experience with the Edmonton Police Service, swapping nights with the Edmonton Police Cadets. Justin Turner, Fire Cadet Coordinator notes the Cadets have grown immensely in the last seven months, “These experiences are giving them a taste of what it’s like to work in emergency services,” he says “and with the goal of the program to build community leaders, I see them growing as a team and learning life skills to be contributing members of the Edmonton community.”
The Edmonton Fire Cadet Program is designed to bring together high school students from all diverse backgrounds to learn about the Edmonton Fire Department and to learn many life skills involved in the career of firefighting in the city of Edmonton. “No matter what the career goal, male and female youth from all backgrounds can find value in this program to develop themselves.” Justin Turner shares.
Grade 12 student Luke Bialobzyski shares his experiences so far and excitement for the future. “Wednesday night has become my favourite night of the week. I’ve learned so much about being a Firefighter in Edmonton, my dream job.” Come September, two classes will run at once. The first class will be going into their final semester and will become leaders to the second class just beginning their 18 month journey. “I’m excited to take on this leadership role,” Luke shares “It will give me the opportunity to step up and mentor this new class while I prepare myself for the challenge of applying and going through the recruitment process to become a future recruit & career firefighter.”
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is accepting applications for its second cadet class until April 30th, 2015.
The 20 successful applicants will begin the program in September 2015.
If you know a high school student (14 to 18 years of age) who would benefit from this challenging and rewarding opportunity, please visit edmonton.ca/firecadets or call 780-984-4223 to speak with one of the Cadet Training Officers.