Cadet Program


The Fire Cadet Program is established to provide young people with an interest in the fire service the opportunity to experience firefighting services in the community. With a mixture of hands-on training and classroom instruction, Slater-Marietta Fire Cadets are instructed in the basics by experienced firefighter mentors. The main goal of our program is to create opportunities for young adults to assist as interns and gain valuable knowledge in preparation for future fire service employment.

As a Cadet, you will also take part in a controlled ride-along program that allows members to ride along with the Slater-Marietta Fire Department firefighters. Becoming a member of the Fire Cadet Program will prepare those interested in future opportunities in the Fire and EMS service. As a Fire Cadet, you will demonstrate pride in the community that we serve. Cadets are also expected to help with community public events.


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Potential members must meet all departmental guidelines and be capable of reading and understanding assigned materials. Potential members must be aged 15-18 years of age. Each member must remain in school (unless otherwise graduated) and maintain at least a D average.

After filling out an application, the potential member—with a guardian present—will go through an oral interview process. There will also be a background check and references will be contacted.

Members will be dismissed from the program if they are caught possessing or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at any time, take part in any illegal activities or participate in any actions or behaviors that are judged to be unbecoming of public safety personnel