Fire Cadets – Post 788

Firefighters Conducting Community OutreachGresham Fire and Emergency Services Cadet Post 788 provides an opportunity for motivated young men and women to develop leadership, teamwork and responsibility skills while exploring the firefighting profession.

Cadets are required to complete basic firefighting training. Once qualified, Cadets are allowed to respond to emergency calls in support roles, performing non-emergency tasks according to their specific training.

Cadets have gone on to fire service positions in Gresham and in other cities. Many former Cadets are currently career firefighters or respond with volunteer fire agencies.

Due to the amount of training required, the program takes new members only once a year, usually in December or January. Applications are accepted year round either at the Fire administration office at Gresham City Hall or through an online application.


Cadet applicants must:

  • Be age 15 to 20
  • Have and maintain a grade point average of 2.5

Once accepted into the program recruits must complete basic firefighter training as prescribed by the State of Oregon Fire Standards and Accreditation Board. This training includes:

  • Orientation
  • Safety
  • Fire behavior
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • Ropes and knots
  • Hose connections and nozzles
  • Tools and equipment
  • Ladder evolutions and practices
  • Forcible entry
  • Fire streams
  • Hose evolutions and practices
  • Salvage and overhaul
  • Fire suppression techniques
  • Ventilation

Cadets also receive training in hazardous materials awareness.

In addition, Cadets must have or earn certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and basic first aid.

Cadet recruits successfully completing these requirements will receive their Cadet badge and a Certificate of Completion from the Fire Department.


Cadets will incur some costs related to their training. These costs may include:

  • Uniform accessories
  • Textbook and training materials
  • Insurance and registration fees
  • Cadet Post dues

Call 503-618-2355 for more information on becoming a Cadet or to obtain an application.