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Fire Cadet Program

Are you a 17-19 years old, and looking for a uniquely rewarding career?  Apply to become a Fire Cadet

Fire Cadet applicants should be 17-19 years old, and have graduated high school in 2014 or plan on graduating in 2015.  Applicants also need a 4 year cumulative highschool GPA of at least 2.0 and must be US citizens or  authorized to work in the US.  Click the link above to apply online or look below for more information, videos and upcoming events.

Fire Cadet Application - Apply Online!

The 2014 application period for Fire Cadet is currently closed. 

The next application process will begin in September of 2015. You can click here to contact a recruiter for more information.





 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 $23,445($901 biweekly), non-residents earn an annual salary of $22,862 ($879 biweekly).  All fire cadets are eligible to 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, pre-hospital medicine, and general education subjects such as foreign language and advanced sciences. 
  • During the first portion of the  program fire cadets will earn certification as a Wisconsin Level 1 Firefighter at the MFD Training Academy.
  • Following the completion of basic firefighting training fire cadets are required to become nationally registered emergency medical technicians (EMT) and will begin to prepare to become a Paramedics.  EMT Basic classes are taught by MFD instructors at our training Academy. 
  • Fire Cadets 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 work assignments.  IN addition to MFD operational units, work locations include MFD Administration, Technical Services, Construction and Maintenance, teaching lessons in Milwaukee area schools and at the Survive Alive House, specialized response units, recruiting and more! 
  • The second year of the Fire Cadet program is spent preparing and completing training to become a Nationally registered Paramedic.  Paramedic education is completed at Milwaukee County EMS and various clinical sites throughout the City of Milwaukee.    


Your Career as a Firefighter.

  • Upon successful completion of the Fire Cadet Program and passing a physical ability test, Fire Cadets may be promoted to the rank of fire recruit and placed in the next scheduled MFD recruit class.  Fire Recruits receive a salary of $30,061.
  • After successfully completing recruit training, fire 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 consisting of 24 hour work shifts followed by 48 hours off and receive leave, insurance, and education benefits.  


  • High School graduation prior to July 1, 2015*.
  • Must be at 17-19 years old when hired.  Individuals cannot be older than 20 at time of hire.
  • Individuals born after December 5th, 1997 –or– before September 1st, 1995 do not qualify*.
  • 2.0 cumulative high school grade point average.
  • US citizen or authorized to work in the US.

*Date specific application requirements change annually

 2014-2015 School Year Calendar of Events



Application Period Begins

September 19, 2014

 Residency Preference Points Form Due

Veteran's Preference Points Form Due

December 5, 2014

Application Period Ends

December 5, 2014

Written Exam

January 2015

Oral Interview

February 2015

PHQ (Personal History Questionnaire)

Birth Certificate info

Passport photo link

Selective service registration

Call 286-5071 or 286-5068 with questions

Due March 27, 2015

Physical Ability Test

April 2015

2014 Fire Cadet start date

August 2015













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