Cadet Program

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2020-2021 Academy Canceled 

The East Valley Fire Cadet staff has had ongoing discussions for the past few weeks as to what the 2020-2021 Cadet year might look like.  With the changes we are seeing each day, and looking at the risk vs. benefit for the Cadets, their families and staff, it was felt that it was in the best interest and safety of everyone to cancel the upcoming 2020-2021 East Valley Fire Cadet year.  

Currently, we are planning on holding the program for the 2021-2022 school year,we look forward to opening up applications again next year!

The East Valley Fire Cadet Program (EVFC) is a fun and exciting opportunity for youth to participate in an educational program that is challenging yet, rewarding! The EVFC Program is supported by Mesa Fire & Medical Department and it's regional partners; Gilbert Fire & Rescue, and Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department. It is designed for youth between the ages of 14-18 interested in developing their leadership and teamwork skills.

Fire Cadet

The Cadet will learn about the fire and medical service, and in turn, they volunteer time back to their communities.

Cadets also participate in community service events including public education activities and City sponsored events. Participation in these extra activities is not required, however, members are highly encouraged to participate. 

Recruitment and registration takes place once a year in August.

 Eligibility Requirements

  • Be 14 years old but not older than 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in school
  • Expected to maintain a 'C' grade average

Medical Clearance Required

Firefighting is a physically demanding job. Each Cadet session will include physical activity. All members are required to provide medical clearance prior to starting this program. 

Program Goals:

  • Develop team building and leadership skills
  • Understand the firefighter-recruit testing process
  • Learn basic firefighting skills, CPR and first aid techniques
  • Participate in physical fitness
  • Become familiar with fire equipment and apparatus
  • Expectations

Program Coordinator:

Meeting Information:

Most meetings are held at the City of Mesa Public Safety Training Facility located at 3260 North 40th Street, Mesa.

Meetings include class room training as well as physical fitness training, practicing firefighting skills, and performing emergency medical skills.

Note:  Participation requires physical activity with a medical clearance.

2019-2020 Cadet Training Calendar

  • Cadet Poster