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Chandler Fire Cadets in TrainingChandler Fire Cadets is a developmental program designed to assist young men and women interested in a possible career in the fire service. The program teaches basic fundamentals of firefighting, fire service culture, discipline, physical fitness, and providing community service to the City of Chandler.

Cadets get a wealth of instruction and opportunities to learn and perform duties commonly demonstrated within the firefighting profession. The advisors to the Cadet program are full-time Chandler Firefighters.

To become a Fire Cadet, candidates must complete Chandler’s Fire Cadet Academy. Upon graduation from the Cadet Academy, Cadets 16 years or older will become certified to ride with fire crews and operate with them. Furthermore, Cadets commit to a mandatory 1 year of service and attend monthly meetings on the first Saturday of every month, as well as perform 4 hours of mandatory community service per month.
The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department is accepting 50 new recruits for the 2017 Cadet Recruit Academy. 


The Fire Cadet program is a great experience for young men and women who
will accept the challenge to become stronger, both mentally and physically.
They will learn what it takes to be a member of the Chandler Fire, Health &
Medical Department, and discover if they have the commitment,
work ethic, perseverance and teamwork that’s required.

 -- Battalion Chief Germaine


The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department will conduct the 2017 Cadet Academy from April 26 to June 14. The Cadet Academy is open to any individual between the ages of 16 and 21 years. The Cadet Academy is eight (8) weeks long and will meet every Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m., and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Cadet Academy graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at the Fire Training Center. The individual meeting dates for the 2017 Cadet Academy are as follows:

Wednesday, April 26th
Saturday, April 29
Wednesday, May 3rd
Saturday, May 6th
Wednesday, May 10
Saturday, May 13th
Wednesday, May 17
Saturday, May 20th
Wednesday, May 24th
Saturday, May 27th
Wednesday, May 31st
Saturday, June 3
Wednesday, June 7th
Saturday, June 10th
Wednesday, June 14th (Graduation night)

The Academy will include elements of physical fitness, teamwork, personal development, firefighting skills and more. There is a $150 application fee to attend the Academy, which covers uniforms, training, etc. If a candidate drops from the program within the first two weeks, they will receive a $100 refund of their application fee. If a candidate cannot afford the application fee, scholarships are available by contacting the Cadet Program Manager, Battalion Chief Lance Trella, at or at 480-782-2120.

IMPORTANT: A mandatory orientation meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Fire Training Center, 3550 S. Dobson Rd.  Future cadets must attend, and their parents are highly encouraged to attend this informational meeting.  All requirements, details, and questions will be discussed at this meeting.