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Ephrata Fire Department Cadet Post 21 was created to give young men and women, ages 14-17, an opportunity to explore the Fire Service as a career path.
This program is NOT intended for the recruitment of future firefighters, but rather give Cadets the opportunity to look inside the Fire and Emergency Medicine profession.
The purpose of this program is to aid young people with the decision of whether they want to pursue a career in the Fire Service. Cadets will attend mandatory training classes and are encouraged to participate in a minimum of 50% of all activities. Station time and Ride-Along status is determined by their participation in all training, activities and meetings.
A few of the requirements are:
- Minimum of 14 years old (or in the 9th grade)
- Must be enrolled at the Ephrata School District
- Applicant must successfully pass an oral interview and 6 month probationary period.
Training Opportunities include (but not limited to):
The Ephrata Fire Department Cadet Post 21 is affiliated with the Boys Scouts of America Exploring Program. This means all Cadets will be getting more than just the average fire training. They will receive training that will ultimately help them with there path in life.
This training includes (but not limited to): Leadership experience (providing exposure to different leadership traits), Life skills (developing physical/mental fitness, developing positive social interaction), Character Education (making ethical choices, fulfilling one’s responsibility to society as a whole).
When a Cadet passes a specific point in their training they will be considered for Ride-Along Status. This allows the Cadets to go along on the EFD engine companies with an advisor. When the Cadets ride-along with their assigned advisor, they will be allowed to participate in the activities their advisor is participating in. This may include, station and equipment maintenance, training drills and emergency calls. The opportunity for Ride-Along Status is not given to anyone. All Cadets must earn the position. This will be considered a stepping stone in their training which gives them a unique look in the work of fire and emergency medical service from start to finish.
CADETS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO FIGHT FIRE! However, they are valuable in other areas that need attending to. This means they will get to see the action, but not from the front lines.
A set schedule will be provided to all Cadets upon approval of joining.
For further information regarding the Ephrata Fire Department Cadet Post 21 or if you have any questions, please contact: