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Fire Cadets

  • Gresham Fire Cadet application

    The Gresham Fire Cadet program provides opportunity for motivated young men and women to develop leadership, teamwork and responsibility skills while exploring the firefighting profession.

    Many former cadets are now career firefighters or respond with volunteer fire agencies.

    After submitting an application prospective cadets will be contacted by email prior to our next First Nighter. During that event, applicants will be interviewed by a panel of their peers and will participate in a physical abilities test.

    Prior to final acceptance into the program a background check will be performed and proof of a GPA of 2.5 or higher must be submitted.

    Because of the amount of training required, the program accepts new members only once a year, usually in January. Applications are accepted year-round.


    Cadet applicants must:

    • Be between the ages of 15-20
    • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5


    Once accepted into the program, cadets will be learn about the tools, techniques and skills needed to assist with fireground operations. Once basic training is accomplished, cadets can respond with career crews to emergency calls in support roles and perform non-emergency tasks according to their training. 

    Training provided

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


    There is no cost to participate.


    Call 503-618-2355 for more information on the Fire Cadets.