The St. Lucie County Fire District’s Fire Cadet Program is run under the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. This program provides fire departments with the necessary resources to sponsor youth programs that will develop future firefighters and emergency medical providers. The goal is to provide a program that will provide the youth of their communities an opportunity to become mature young adults with good leadership and decision-making skills. Operating with a handful of dedicated advisors and volunteers, our Cadets learn first-hand how exciting and difficult the firefighter’s job is by working side-by-side with actual St. Lucie County Firefighters.
After a rigorous training regime, consisting of many hours of classroom and practical applications, our Cadets respond to real emergencies with firefighters and paramedics, and assist them by safely performing routine, supervised tasks. Cadets are also medically trained to provide many basic first aid functions such as assess vital signs, apply oxygen, set up a basic EKG, cervical spine immobilization and perform Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
The Cadets can advance hose lines, apply a fire stream, set up a ladder and perform search and rescue tasks. In addition to these, Fire Cadets assist with many of the routine tasks around the fire station as well as various functions within our community. Through these fire service activities, we will be successful in our mission to instill core values in young people, and prepare today’s youth to achieve their full potential in the fire service.
Basic Membership Requirements
- 15 to 21 years of age or 14 in 9th grade. New applicants must be under the age of 19 years old, and still in high school.
- Resident of Saint Lucie County.
- Must have reliable transportation to all Cadet events
- Must be enrolled in scholastic institution and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. Report cards are required every quarter.
Open enrollment will be from June 1st, 2021 - August 1st, 2021. Program start date will be September 2021.
There is no annual fee due upon acceptance
Limited spots available. Not all who apply will be accepted.
Applications can emailed to FireCadets@slcfd.org or dropped off at 5160 Milner Dr. Port St. Lucie, attention Training and Safety Division.