Griffith Fire Department hosts a "Cadet Program" for all youth ages 13-18 years of age. This program allows young adults an opportunity to experience the fire service as a possible career choice. Cadets are held to the same standard of conduct including disciplinary actions, Call Run requirements , and Training hours as the senior firefighters. In addition to that , Cadets are required to maintain a "C" Average in school as well as bringing a copy of their latest report card to an advisor. Otherwise the Cadet will be placed on suspension until their grades improve. Cadets are able to run all calls for service with exception to following:
Certain medical calls
Major Roadways such as
HWY 150 (Peters Creek PKWY)
Old Salisbury between Friedburg Church Rd & Hickory Tree Rd
Those that require the discretion of the Officer in Charge and/or the Cadet Advisors. All calls vary in nature and aren't always predictable therefore we always train to the latest standards and practices to better prepare ourselves for the situation at hand.
Cadets are NOT allowed to ride an apparatus while it is running emergency traffic (Lights and Sirens) UNLESS the cadet is already on the apparatus at time of dispatch.
The Cadets are allowed to participate in all trainings with exception of live fire exercises or those involving certain rescue evolutions. (i.e. vehicle extrication/machinery rescue) Some of the benefits of this program include but not limited to:
College Credit courses in Emergency Services
Completion of the following N.C. Certifications after HS Graduation:
North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician (Student & Age Dependent)
Professional Development & Life skills
Exploration of many career pathways within Emergency Services
For recognition of their hard work throughout the year the Cadets may receive gift cards, plaques for recognition, and other events throughout the year. This program has proved itself time and time again by the number of firefighters that have now began careers at larger municipal departments or in another service ( LAW , EMS, or Military) Not to mention advancing to an officer position in this or another department should they choose to remain indefinitely. The life lessons learned here will remain for a lifetime!
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