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.
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On Nov. 2, three community partners will be providing information and resources:
Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program. The RSP is a voluntary program to prevent fires. The goal is to reduce the number and severity of fires. It offers:
- Fire safety checks
- Free smoke alarm upgrades and installations
- Free carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installations
- One-on-one fire safety consultation
Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center. CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders through high school seniors) at no cost to families.
Grand Rapids Public Library “Storytimes” Fun and educational storytimes for children ages birth – 5 years old.
The Grand Rapids Fire Department is now accepting applications for this summer’s Fire Youth Academy for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The academy runs 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 18-22 at the Grand Rapids Fire Training Center, 1101 Monroe Ave. NW.
The one-week course includes classroom and hands-on activities that cover:
- Search and rescue
- Fire engine and aerial truck operations
- Special rescue operations
- Protective equipment
- Fire prevention
- Fire investigation
- Emergency medical services
To participate, students must:
- Be a high school sophomore, junior or senior
- Be younger than 18
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
- Be in good standing at school
- Understands and/or exhibits the GRFD core values of honesty, integrity, loyalty, teamwork and excellence
- Have no felony convictions
- Be in good physical condition and pass a physical
To apply online or for more information, visit grandrapidsmi.gov/Services/Apply-for-the-Fire-Youth-Academy.