By SanTan Sun News staff
The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department are hosting an eight-week program to prep young women and men ages 16 to 21 for a possible career in the fire service.
Taught by CFHM personnel, the Fire Cadet Academy starts Wednesday, April 26, and meets from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through June 14.
The academy will include elements of physical fitness, teamwork, personal development, and firefighting skills with an emphasis on community service. It is held at the City’s Fire Training Center, 3550 S. Dobson Rd.
The academy application is online at chandleraz.gov/fire. There is a $150 registration fee, which includes some of the required uniforms and the training. There will be some additional uniform costs for boots, pants and a belt. Applicants who cannot afford the registration or uniform fees can apply for a scholarship by calling the cadet program’s adviser, CFHM Battalion Chief Lance Trella at 480-782-2060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All eligible applicants will be accepted into the academy and must attend a mandatory orientation meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Fire Training Center. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this informational meeting.
After graduation from the academy, Chandler Fire Cadets meet at least once a month (either the first Saturday, first Wednesday, or both) at the Training Center for physical training, drills and classroom instruction. Saturday meetings are from 8 a.m. to noon. Cadets who graduate from the academy are eligible to ride with fire crews and operate with them.
“The Chandler Fire Cadet Program lets young people who want to become professional firefighters gain a first-hand perspective on the mental and physical challenges we face every day on the job,” said Chandler Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins.
“They gain experience, and we have the opportunity to observe their work ethic and strength of character in a team environment. It’s always gratifying for our cadet advisors to see these young men and women rise to the challenge.”
For more information on the Chandler Fire Cadet Program and the upcoming academy, call 480-782-2120, email email@example.com, or go online to chandleraz.gov/fire.