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The Edmonton Fire Cadets program is designed to bring together high school students from different backgrounds to learn about Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and to learn many life skills needed to become career firefighters in the city of Edmonton.

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. Each cadet will learn mental and physical wellness, a sense of self-responsibility, personal growth, leadership, teamwork and fire prevention skills. Through career internship and work experience, Fire Cadets can earn up to 6 high school credits for their involvement with the program.

Please Note: The next cadet class is scheduled to begin in September 2020, but that will depend on the situation with COVID-19. We are working closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure the safety of all Edmontonians, and social distancing protocols will be adhered to throughout the selection process and during the delivery of the program itself. In the worst case scenario, a delay in the program start date, or an outright cancellation of the program is possible.

  • 14-18 years of age at start of the program
  • Enrolled in high school in the city of Edmonton or surrounding areas (Cadets may finish program after graduation of high school)
  • Be physically capable with a positive attitude and a good work ethic
  • Be able to commit to 1 night a week for 2 semesters
  • Must obtain medical clearance from doctor upon acceptance of program
  • Must be able to arrange own transportation to and from fire training school on class nights
Community Involvement

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services takes pride in being ambassadors in the community and helping others in need, so it’s important for Edmonton Fire Cadets to be highly involved in the community. 

Each Fire Cadet must complete at least 30 hours of community service during the program. There are many opportunities offered to help complete this requirement.

Learning Topics
Fire Fighting Skills
  • Structural firefighting
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Basic Fire Science
  • Ropes and Knots
  • Basic Vehicle Extrication 
  • Search and Rescue
  • Hoses and Nozzles
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Ground Ladders
  • Advanced Search and Rescue
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Hazardous Materials 
  • Technical Rescue ( high angle/confined space)
  • Ventilation
  • Communications
Employment Skills 
  • Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Resume skills
  • Interview Techniques 
  • Edmonton Fire Department Hiring Process
Certifications and Awareness Training 
  • Standard First Aid/CPR
  • Health and Wellness
  • Fire Dispatch
  • Fire Investigation
  • Alberta Health Services (EMS)
  • Utility Safety / ATCO Gas

Fire Cadet Participant TestimonialBefore Fire Cadets, I was hesitant to try new things, but the camaraderie and encouragement from the leaders and the other Fire Cadets helped my confidence grow. Fire Cadets opened many new doors for me, including the confidence to seek employment for the first time. I also learned how to channel my energy into more positive things, such as volunteering. My life would be very different today if it wasn't for this program.

Autumn Fjeldberg, Cadet Class 2

Fire Cadet Participant Testimonial

The firefighters made Fire Cadets so welcoming. I knew every Wednesday I was going to be surrounded by great people learning exciting, new things! There is no other program that will provide you with such a hands-on firefighting experience. Working with hoses, extinguishers, ladders and live fire was incredible.

Hunter Slobinyk, Cadet Class 2

Testimonal from Fire Cadet Participant.

The Fire Cadet program was one of the most challenging, life-changing, yet rewarding things I've ever done. As a result of being pushed outside of my comfort zone every week, my confidence grew and I became a more resilient and dedicated person. The genuine team atmosphere allowed me to discover a passion for leadership, teaching, as well as community service and volunteerism. It also helped me encourage other girls that we can excel in male-dominated fields.

Karli Raye Cameron, Cadet Class 2

Fire Cadet Participant Testimonial

Fire Cadets was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I went into it unsure if I wanted to follow a career in firefighting, but after completing the program, I know that being an Edmonton firefighter is what I want to do. I am extremely proud to be a graduated Edmonton Fire Cadet.

Conor Lang, Class 2


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