Coral Gables Fire Cadet Program offers high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 the opportunity to explore careers in the fire rescue service.
The Cadet Recruit Class is a 10-week training program. The programs extensive training includes a combination of instructional coursework, community service activities, and a "ride-along" program, during which Cadets work side-by-side with Coral Gables firefighters on medical rescue units, assisting the crews during real emergency incidents.
Students interested in joining the Cadet Program must fill out an application and attend one regularly scheduled meeting. Application process is open Aug-September of each year.
Parents/guardians are not required to accompany the student for the application process, but they are welcome to attend. Once a student has been chosen and notified to begin a Recruit Class, the parent/guardian will be required to attend an Advisor/Parent meeting that will explain the entire Recruit Class process, including the requirements for Recruit Class graduation, and details about the full Cadet program.
Each Recruit Class student must pay a one-time fee to cover the cost of registration which is a non- refundable $50.00 Fee.
Upon satisfactory completion of all required exams and performance objectives, the student graduates into the Cadet Program. Each Cadet is issued a complete uniform but is responsible for returning the uniform once they leave the program. Cadets are required to buy their own black steel toe boots. Cadets will receive community service hours for all first aid and community service events that he/she attends. Typically, a Junior Cadet earns an average of 125 to 200 community service hours per year, depending on how active they choose to be in service activities.
If a student is interested in registered should contact Lt. Xavier Jones @ 305-722-8619.