The program is projected to provide a resource to “grow its own” and to diversify the hiring pool.
The Grand Rapids Fire Department’s (GRFD) Fire Cadet Program provides a path for community youth to discover what it takes to be a firefighter. The City Commission approved the program, vetted by the Civil Service Board, for up to six part-time paid internships.
Cadets will work 16 to 20 hours a week providing general assistance to the fire department in administration, station maintenance, and special projects. Cadets will receive fire training, Medical First Responder training, and the opportunity to interact with top-notch firefighters, as well as the community.
GRFD recognized a need to provide a program that provides a direct, equitable, and accessible introduction to firefighting as a profession and public safety career. GRFD is an all-hazard response team that requires constant training to protect its community.
The program is designed as an up to one-year long curriculum with the fire department, and it is projected to provide a resource to “grow its own” and to diversify the hiring pool.
Graduation from high school or GED
18+ years of age
Possession of a valid driver’s license
More information and the application materials are available here. You can also contact the City of Grand Rapids’ Human Resources Department at (616) 456-3176.