Cadet Program

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LoadingHoseThe East Valley Regional Cadet Program (EVRC) is a fun and exciting opportunity for youth to participate in an educational program that is  challenging yet, rewarding! The EVRC Program is supported by Mesa Fire & Medical Department and it's regional partners; Gilbert Fire & Rescue, Superstition Fire & Medical District, 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.

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/September. The 2019/2020 registration will begin in August and run through September.

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.

Annual recruitment for 2019-2020 will begin in August. Classes are filled only during the annual recruitment.

Cadet Poster