FIRE Cadets graduate from eight-week program
On June 15, 2023, 13 students received their certificates from the Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) to signify the successful completion of their eight-week journey in the Firefighter Introduction Recruitment Experience (FIRE) Cadet program. A small ceremony was held at Station No. 1 to celebrate and recognize the young individuals for their service to the public, safety, relationships and teamwork.
The FIRE Cadets program gives high school students the opportunity to understand the firefighting career through a series of both classroom and hands-on learning. Over eight weeks, the cadets met four times a week to build new and strengthen existing life skills. Each cadet was presented with opportunities to challenge their mental and physical wellness, a sense of self-responsibility, personal growth, leadership, teamwork, and fire prevention skills. These skills are intended to contribute to one’s success in all aspects of life, including future career applications.
Under the guidance of experienced SFD instructors, the cadets participated in a range of firefighting and emergency services exercises including CPR accreditation, vehicle extrication, operation of hoses and hydrants, use of ladders and aerial apparatus, dark-room search and rescue, water rescue and forcible entry. The cadets also participated in community-service related activities including needle and garbage pickup, and fire safety presentations to elementary school students. In total, the class completed more than 60 hours of training and community involvement.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with this year’s cadet class and watch them be a part of the FIRE Cadet program,” says Fire Chief Morgan Hackl. “Seeing the students’ personal growth, alongside coming together as a team has been inspiring to witness. They have continually stepped outside of their comfort zones and excelled at each task they were introduced to. SFD is extremely proud to be a part of this partnership with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and Saskatoon Public Schools.”
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