The North Pinellas Fire Cadet Program
The North Pinellas Fire Cadet Program is for young men and women, age 14 to 20, who are interested in learning about a career in Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The Cadets attend training classes and are allowed to participate in a ride-along program where qualified cadets can actually ride on fire trucks and respond with fire department crews to calls. This helps Cadets gain first-hand experience as they observe firefighters and assist the Fire Department in a non-hazardous capacity. In addition to Fire Department-related responsibilities, Cadets attend regional and national training events that gives them the opportunity to put the skills they have learned to the test in both individual and team based scenarios that emphasize the duties performed in the fire service on a daily basis.
Weekly meetings are held at Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, Station 68, Wednesday night from 7pm-9pm. Regular attendance is required
For more information, please contact Joshua Lovetere.
- Ages 14-20 (and have completed the 8th grade)
- Able to maintain a 2.0 GPA
- Must first attend two (2) meetings as a visitor, and then a short application process
- Be willing to learn!
The Cadet Program is sponsored by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue.
The Cadets are supported by several Palm Harbor & Tarpon Springs Firefighters who act as program Advisors.