Gresham Fire & Emergency Services is proud to sponsor a Cadet Program. The Program is open to young men and women aged 15 - 20 who are interested in pursuing a career in the emergency services field.
Members are trained in basic firefighting skills and how to be able to effectively support the career firefighters while on ride alongs and during larger emergencies. After passing a skills test members are allowed to ride along with career crews and assist on actual emergency calls.
Cadets support the career crews by assisting with public education events, support during greater alarm fires and other special projects.
Many former Cadets have successfully moved on to careers in the fire service, including many members of the career staff of Gresham Fire & Emergency Services.
New members are accepted once a year, in January. The Program is limited to 15 members at a time and there is usually intense competition for the limited openings. The process involves an application and interview process. Members are allowed to stay in the program until they turn 21. Basic training takes about seven months before new members are allowed to ride with career crews.
Training is conducted every Tuesday night except for major holidays from 6:30PM until approximately 9:00PM. Training topics include:fire behavior, basic hose handling and reloading, ladders, firefighting tactics, CPR, Hazardous Materials, blood borne pathogens, fire apparatus operation and many other subjects.
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