On January 13th the Edmonton Fire Cadets proudly graduated from their first class at City Hall. This program was developed in partnership with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services to instill the values of pride, courage, attitude and commitment in young adults.
This class consisted of 17 cadets who completed written, physical and practical assessments as well as 45 hours of community services over 18 months in order to be eligible for graduation.
Although the program does not guarantee participants a career with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, Cadet Coordinator Justin Turner says the skills the cadets develop stretch far beyond firefighting.
“Some of these cadets may end up as firefighters, but that is not the point,” said Turner. “These values do not just pertain to just one specific career; these are life skills that will serve these young adults wherever their lives take them.”
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. Throughout the program, each cadet will develop skills related to mental and physical wellness, community responsibility and involvement, personal growth, leadership, teamwork, and fire prevention.
Applications for the Edmonton Fire Cadet Program are accepted in April each year. Selected students are asked to an interview in June, and successful candidates will begin the program the following September.
Visit www.edmonton.ca/firecadets to learn more about the Edmonton Fire Cadets. To speak with a Cadet Training Officer call Fire Cadet Office at 780-984-4223.