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.