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Are you a high school student with a passion for community service, leadership, and emergency response? The Northern Lakes Fire Protection District is excited to announce the opening of applications for our High School Fire Cadet Program! This unique opportunity is designed for motivated and dedicated students who aspire to make a difference and explore a potential career in firefighting and emergency services. 

The Fire Cadet Program offers a hands-on, immersive experience where cadets will:

-  Learn fundamental firefighting skills

- Participate in emergency medical response training

- Develop leadership and teamwork abilities

- Gain insight into fire prevention, safety education, and emergency preparedness

- Engage with experienced firefighters and emergency personnel

Eligibility Requirements:

1) Ages 14 – 18

2) Must be actively enrolled in a high school

3) Possess and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 

4) Must be in good standing with candidate’s high school

Candidates meeting the minimum requirements will be invited to a physical agility test (Pass/Fail) that will consist of completing the following:

1) A one-mile run, to be completed in no more than 9 minutes

2) Thirty push-ups in a two-minute period.

3) Thirty sit-ups in a two-minute period.

Candidates that successfully complete the physical agility will be invited back for an oral interview. Candidates will be provided the questions in advance to prepare for the interview. The Candidates will be graded on the provided questionnaire.

For more information, please get in touch with either of the Cadet Coordinators:

Firefighter/Paramedic  Shay Carlock at

Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Cunningham at 

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    Application Deadline: July 1st

    Physical Agility Test: TBA July/August

    Interview Period: July/August

    Program Start Date: October 2024


    Interested students should complete the online    application form


Phase 1: Orientation and Basic Training

- Family Orientation Night (Date TBD)

- Biweekly Training

- Ride Along with cadet coordinators allowed

Phase 2: Mini Academy

Phase 3: Certified Cadets

- Three consecutive weekends

-    Dates TBD (Likely early 2025)

- Upon academy graduation, cadets are "certified"

- Cadets will be allowed to schedule "ride time" with their assigned crew to continue honing their skills

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