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Fire Cadet Program

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 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 shifts and receive leave, insurance, and education benefits.  

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School graduation prior to July 1, 2015.
  • Must be at 17-19 years old.  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.

 

 2014-2015 School Year Calendar of Events

Event

Date

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) 

March 2015

Milwaukee County Birth Certificate Info

 

IRS Form 4506

 

Selective Service (men only)

 

Form 180 (military records release)

 

Physical Ability Test

To Be Announced

2014 Fire Cadet start date

August 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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