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Fire Cadet Program Outline

The Fire Cadet program is a unique blend of training designed to prepare cadets for the academic, emotional and physical rigors required to be successful as a Milwaukee Firefighter.  During the approximately 100 weeks of training cadets complete academic coursework at the college level and attend classes taught by a variety of personnel including MFD instructors, college professors, MCEMS training staff, and a variety of medical professionals at local teaching hospitals to include Anesthesiologists, Cardiologists, Obstetricians, Emergency Room nurses and physicians, nutritionists, fitness trainers, and medical examiner staff to name a few. 

The organization of the Fire Cadet Program closely follows the semester schedule of most Milwaukee Area Colleges and Universities.  Cadets are required to complete the components of a given semester in order to maintain employment and progress in the program.  With the exception of Wisconsin Firefighter 1, and Anatomy and Physiology courses are taught at an accelerated pace, but are included as a component of the fire cadets work day.  Fire Cadets work a 40 hour week, but because of the variety of organizations involved in the training and the availably of certain opportunities, facilities and equipment fire cadets schedules will vary throughout the training.

The list below highlights the major program components, and is subject to revision.


Semester 1 (fall)

  • Wisconsi Firefighter 1 training (12 credits, Technical college level)
  • Milwaukee Fire Department specific training
  • Wellness (fitness, nutrition, financial, emotional resiliance)
  • Certification as Wisconsin Level 1 Firefighter

Semester 2 (spring)

Semester 3 (summer)

  • Spanish 1 (4 credits, university level
  • Anatomy & Physiology (4 credits, university level)
  • Field rotations on MFD M.E.D. units and Engine Companies*
  • Field rotations with selected MFD special operations units
  • BOAT
  • Dive Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Tactical EMS
  • Technical Rescue / HURT (Heavy Urban Rescue Team)
  • Community Relations/ Introduction to public education
  • Navigation and MFD ambulance operation orientation

*At this time all cadets are licensed EMT’s and practice at the EMT basic level as MFD care providers.  Cadets must maintain licensure to maintain employment with the MFD.

Semester 4 (fall)

  • Paramedic Training (38 credits, technical college level)
  • Milwaukee Survive Alive House
  • Spanish communication (oral communication focus)
  • Field rotations on MFD MED units and Engine Companies**
  • Field rotations with selected MFD special operations units
  • BOAT
  • Dive Rescue
  • Tactical EMS
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Technical Rescue / HURT (Heavy Urban Rescue Team)
  • Community relations/ Introduction to public education

**All cadets are licensed EMT’s and practice as care providers for the MFD at the EMT basic level.

Semester 5 (spring)

Semester 6 (summer)

***Promotion to recruit is contingent upon cadets completing all phases of the training program (including the CPAT), successfully completing all pre-employment screening and the recommendation of the Chief.

-Updated 8/1/2017

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