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Fire Cadet Program



 What is a Fire Cadet?

  • Fire Cadets aid in increasing the diversity of the MFD by bringing new ideas and problem solving skills to the fire service.  The Milwaukee Fire Department strives to develop a department that is reflective of the City of Milwaukee.
  • A job as a Fire Cadet is a gateway to a firefighting career with the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD). Fire Cadets are full-time civilian employees that perform various support functions while completing training to become a Milwaukee Firefighter/Paramedic. 
  • Fire cadets who are residents of the City of Milwaukee earn an annual starting salary of $23,205 ($892 biweekly), non-residents earn an annual salary of $22,862 ($879 biweekly).  All fire cadets receive full health and dental benefits.

What Will You Do as a Fire Cadet?

  • The fire cadet program consists of 100 weeks of training and work experience which includes college level coursework in firefighting, and pre-hospital medicine. 
  • During the first portion of the Fire cadet program you will earn certification as a Level 1 Firefighter at the MFD Training Academy.
  • Following the completion of basic firefighting training you will become a nationally registered emergency medical technician (EMT) with the opportunity to go on to become a Paramedic.  EMT Basic classes are taught by MFD instructors at our training Academy. 
  • Begin work towards an associate degree by completing college credits while maintaining a minimum 2.0 college GPA.  Tuition reimbursement is available.
  • Gain an understanding of the Milwaukee Fire Department as a whole, through rotating assignments.  Work locations include MFD Administration, Technical Services, Construction and Maintenance, teaching lessons in MPS classrooms for Project Staying Alive and at the Survive Alive House, specialized units, recruiting and more! 
  • The second year of the Fire Cadet program is spent preparing and completing training to become a Paramedic.  Paramedic education is completed at Milwaukee County EMS and various clinical sites throughout the city.    


Your Career as a Firefighter.

  • Upon successful completion of the Fire Cadet Program, reaching age 21, and passing a physical ability test, Fire Cadets will be placed in the next scheduled MFD recruit class.  Recruits receive a salary of $30,061.
  • After successfully completing training, recruits are promoted to the rank of firefighter.  The current starting salary for firefighter is $40,081 with regular pay increases up to $66,708.  Firefighters work a flexible schedule and receive leave, insurance, and education benefits.  


  • High School graduation prior to July 1, 2014.
  • Must be at 17-19 years old.  Individuals cannot be older than 20 at time of employment.
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • US citizen or authorized to work in the US.


 2013-2014 School Year Calendar of Events



Application period begins

September 2013

Application Period Ends

November 25, 2013

Written Exam

January 25, 2014

Residency Preference Points Form Due

February 7, 2014

Veteran's Preference Points Form Due

February 7, 2014

Oral Interview

Week of February 24, 2014

PHQ (Personal History Questionnaire) 

Friday March 28, 2014

Milwaukee County Birth Certificate Info


IRS Form 4506


Selective Service (men only)


Form 180 (military records release)


Physical Ability Test

To Be Announced

2013 Fire Cadet start date

August 2014













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