The Fire Cadet Program is a community service program that the department introduced in 2014. It was implemented as a career development opportunity for young men and women, ages 14 to 18, which have an interest in pursuing a career in the fire service. The program training starts with the cadets getting CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) certified. Then they will go through a mini fire academy class. Once the training is completed, our cadets will experience the responsibilities of first responders through the “Ride-Along” program as they accompany Firefighter/Paramedics on actual emergency calls.
The Cadet program is for young men and women considering a career in emergency services, it includes practical training and experience through education and community involvement in public safety. Primarily geared towards high school students, Cadets are introduced to basic firefighting and rescue techniques as well as basic life support skills such as CPR. Benefits of the program include exposure to discipline and respect for chain of command through a regimented course-of-instruction based on teamwork and responsibility emphasizing personal accountability.
To qualify for membership in this program the applicant must be able to attend the weekly meetings and ride along on Davie Fire Rescue apparatus and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.