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March 7, 2017
 
Chandler Fire Cadet Academy starts April 16, with a mandatory orientation meeting for candidates March 29 
 
Chandler Fire CadetYoung men and women ages 16 to 21 who are interested in a possible career in the fire service are invited to join the Chandler Fire Cadets, a skill development and community service program taught by Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department members.
 
To become a cadet, candidates must first complete Chandler’s Fire Cadet Academy, an eight week program that starts April 26, and meets every Wednesday from 5-9 p.m., and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through June 14. The academy will include elements of physical fitness, teamwork, personal development, and firefighting skills with an emphasis on community service. It is held at the City’s Fire Training Center, 3550 S. Dobson Road.
 
The academy application is online at chandleraz.gov/fire. There is a $150 registration fee, which includes some of the required uniforms and the training.   There will be some additional uniform costs for boots, pants and a belt. Applicants who cannot afford the registration or uniform fees can apply for a scholarship by calling the cadet program’s advisor, CFHM Battalion Chief Lance Trella at 480-782-2060 or lance.trella@chandleraz.gov.
 
All eligible applicants will be accepted into the academy and must attend a mandatory orientation meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, at the Fire Training Center. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this informational meeting.
 
After graduation from the academy, Chandler Fire Cadets meet at least once a month (either the first Saturday, first Wednesday, or both) at the Training Center for physical training, drills and classroom instruction. Saturday meetings are from 8 a.m. to noon. Cadets who graduate from the academy are eligible to ride with fire crews and operate with them.
 
“The Chandler Fire Cadet Program lets young people who want to become professional firefighters gain a first-hand perspective on the mental and physical challenges we face every day on the job,” said Chandler Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins. “They gain experience, and we have the opportunity to observe their work ethic and strength of character in a team environment. It’s always gratifying for our cadet advisors to see these young men and women rise to the challenge.”
 
For more information on the Chandler Fire Cadet Program and the upcoming academy, please call 480-782-2120, email chandlerfirecadets@gmail.com, or go online to chandleraz.gov/fire.