Become a Junior Cadet
To join the Junior Cadet Program, you must go through the Junior Cadet Recruit Class, a 14-week training program for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. The training includes a combination of instructional coursework, community service activities, and a "ride-along" program, during which junior cadets work with Miami-Dade firefighters on medical rescue units, assisting the crews during real emergency events.
Once all required exams and performance objectives are completed, you will graduate into the Junior Cadet Program. You will then pay $5 a month to help offset the cost of food, equipment, supplies and activities. Each junior cadet is issued a complete uniform, but is responsible for providing their own black steel-toe boots.
Junior cadets will receive community service hours for all first aid and community service events attended. A junior cadet earns an average of 125 to 200 community service hours per year, depending on how active they choose to be in service activities.
Interested students must fill out an application and attend one meeting. You will be contacted when a new recruit class is scheduled.
Parents or guardians are not required to accompany the student for the meeting, but they are welcome to attend. However, once you have been chosen and notified to begin a Recruit Class, your parent or guardian must attend a meeting with an advisor that explains the Recruit Class process, including the requirements for Recruit Class graduation, and details about the Junior Cadet Program.
Training and Coursework
- CPR Course - Certification in adult, child and infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Emergency Medical Responder - A first aid certification course that teaches students how to provide initial assessment and treatment to victims of medical and trauma emergencies
- Station Etiquette and Equipment Familiarization - Through coursework and station visits, students learn about firehouse rules and etiquette. They also learn about Fire Rescue vehicles and the equipment on the vehicles in preparation for when they ride on operational Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units as junior cadets.
- Physical Training - Students are required to participate in physical training exercises, which include push-ups, sit-ups, running and other physical activities.
- Qualifying applicants must be high school students between the ages of 14 and 18.
- Each Recruit Class student must pay a one-time fee to cover the cost of books, supplies and the fees for CPR and First Responder certifications. The total cost per student is approximately $250 and is nonrefundable.
- Students will only be allowed one absence during the 14-week Recruit Class, and may only be late two times. Tardiness over 15 minutes will be considered an absence.
- Students must earn a passing score of 80 percent on all exams.
- Failure of the second exam or performance objective will result in elimination from the Recruit Class.
- Students must maintain a high school Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater during the Recruit Class. This requirement continues once the student graduates into the Junior Cadet Program.
- Black pants
- Plain white polo shirt
- Black socks
- Black closed-toe shoes
- A watch
- Physical training uniform, brought daily to Recruit Class (plain blue shorts, plain gray t-shirt, and white socks)