Fire Fighter Cadet Program
The Bridgeport Fire Department has implemented a Fire Fighter Cadet program. The purpose of this program is to provide young people ages 14- 18 the opportunity to explore and experience firefighting and emergency services career fields. The hope is that the experience will foster a sense of community participation and volunteerism in our youth. It will also serve as a recruitment tool for future volunteers as fire departments across the nation, including our own, struggle to maintain adequate numbers of volunteer or paid on-call members.
Many benefits will be gained by the individual that participates in this exciting new endeavor, regardless of his/or future career or academic goals. The program is designed to give cadets a head start into the world of Fire and EMS services. Cadets will receive training similar to that of a typical rookie fire fighter. They will also have the opportunity to complete their firefighter level I & II through the Saginaw County Fire Academy prior to high school graduation.
Valuable life safety skills will be taught such as CPR, basic first aid, fire prevention and others. Cadets will participate in fund raisers, parades, field trips, competitions and a host of other community based activities. Cadets will complete this program with new leadership skills, increased self-confidence, community pride, and lifelong friendships. Cadets will receive points for participation that will translate into community service hours. These hours are valuable for those applying to a college or for employment as they demonstrate a self-less commitment on the part of the cadet to serve their community, work effectively in a team environment, meet goals and objectives, and follow a chain of command.
Parents can rest assured that all activities will be a constructive use of time and well supervised by qualified personnel. Training will be conducted in a low risk and safe manner so as not to subject the participants to harm. The program will be conducted under the guidelines of the Exploring Learning for Life education program of the Boy Scouts of America and the Junior Fire Fighter Program of the National Volunteer Fire Council. These are well-established national organizations with extensive experience with this program area.
Watch for a new Cadet Section that will include schedules, training information and news about the group.