About the Program
The Senior Cadet Program is a voluntary program for adults who are interested in a career as a firefighter. This program offers the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to become a firefighter, and to network with others who are pursuing a similar career path. Program participants will gain experience in engine and ladder operations, fire suppression, self-contained breathing apparatus, search and rescue techniques, problem solving, communication, teamwork and physical conditioning.
Who can apply?
To qualify for the program, you must:
- Be at least 19-years-old
- Have a high school diploma or have passed an equivalency test (G.E.D.)
- Have a valid Washington State Driver’s License
- Be in good physical condition
- Meet required attendance expectations
- Have a strong desire to be a Seattle Firefighter
We encourage people of color, women, immigrants, refugees and members of the LGBQT community to apply and help us better represent the communities we serve.
How do I apply?
Print out and mail a Senior Cadet program application. View the selection process guidelines to see what other documents must be mailed in, and the process for reviewing and selecting applicants.
What is the time commitment?
Senior Cadets meet on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Joint Training Facility (9401 Myers Way South).
How much does it cost to be a member?
Initial cost of $85.00 and each Senior Cadet pays $10.00 per month in membership dues. There are additional fees for special trips and events. There are options available for those who request financial assistance.
What are the personal expenses for uniform and equipment requirements?
Each member must have a pair of black leather 5-inch high safety shoes that can be polished (not suede). Members need to purchase a uniform consisting of a shirt with patches and a name tag, trousers, a 1.5-inch black belt, a uniform T-shirt, and uniform sweatshirt. The program will provide participants with a helmet, bunking coat, bunking pants, bunking boots and leather gloves.
Where can I find additional information?
Contact the Supervising Instructor, Lieutenant Keith Wyatt, via the Cadet Program Hotline: (206) 615-1300.
Attend the Senior Cadet Program Open House on July 29, 8 a.m. at the City’s Joint Training Facility (9401 Meyers Way South, Seattle).