F.I.R.E. Cadet Program - Class of 2019 Graduates
Today, 20 high school students will successfully graduate from the Firefighter Introduction Recruitment Experience (F.I.R.E.) Cadet Program. Each of these students has demonstrated responsibility, respect, teamwork, community involvement, pride, and leadership to get to this point.
The F.I.R.E. Cadet Program is supported by the Saskatoon Public Schools and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and is part of the Career Education Program at Bedford Road Collegiate, Mount Royal Collegiate, Tommy Douglas Collegiate, E.D. Feehan Catholic High School, and Bethlehem Catholic High School. Students from these schools applied to join the program and were selected after an interview process.
“The Cadets have displayed an impressive work ethic and willingness to learn throughout their time with the Saskatoon Fire Department. Each Cadet has a unique set of interests and skills, which really added to the diversification of the program”, said Kenton Beatty, one of the firefighters leading the program. “It’s a fulfilling experience to witness and be a part of their collective growth.”
Throughout the eight week program, Cadets learned to operate fire hoses, hydrants, fire trucks and specialized water rescue equipment. They gained technical rope, ladder, extrication, dangerous goods, firefighter self-rescue and water safety skills. Cadets also received the CPR Level C certification and gained valuable experience in public speaking by providing fire safety presentations to school groups.
Jacquelyn Bell, another firefighter responsible for the program’s success, added “The contributions of partner organizations has benefited our students and this program significantly; their support is instrumental in creating a memorable experience for all of the Cadets.”
Sherwood Chevrolet for the use of a GMC Savana Passenger Van to safely transport the Cadets to and from their daily activities, building comradery with each kilometre driven.
Stevenson Construction Services for the use of a utility trailer, allowing for the practical storage of necessary program materials and equipment.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) for contributing two salvaged vehicles for the Cadets to learn about vehicle extrication and the specialized tools used by the Saskatoon Fire Department.
Congratulations to each student who is graduating from the F.I.R.E. Cadet Program today!