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, teaching lessons at Project Staying Alive and the Survive Alive House, riding with specialized units, and more!
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.