The Fire Cadet Program provides young men and women with an exciting opportunity to learn about firefighting and emergency medical services as future career choices. Cadets are young men and women ages 14 though 20 from all areas of the community that participate in fire department training activities, meetings, and as ride-alongs, once they are “ride-along” certified.

All cadet activities are closely supervised by fire department personnel and cadets must adhere to standards of good conduct. The policies and procedures of the Fire Cadet Program have been developed based on past Department experience, desires of youth program stakeholders and, in some cases, the mandates of local law. This program develops character and leadership qualities in a friendly and professional setting. The Fire Cadet Program provides youth with positive adult and peer role models in a safe and supervised environment.

Interested youngsters are encouraged to learn more by contacting the post advisor at the cadet post nearest their place of residence. General questions can be asked by e-mailing LAFDCADETS@lacity.org.
The cadet program builds character and responsibility and is a great way to learn about a career in the fire service.
  To be considered for cadet post admission, candidates must be at least 14 years of age (and have completed the eighth grade) and not yet 21 years of age. The cadet post advisor manages the admission of candidates into the cadet post. Normally, cadet candidates (and a guardian if the cadet candidate is under the age of 18) meet the post advisor and schedule an orientation visit to a fire station during a regularly scheduled cadet post meeting. Upon being offered a position for admission to the post, the candidate must complete the formal cadet application process. Learn more...
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