Fire Cadet Program

The Fire Cadet program is a hands-on career based program offered through the Virginia Beach Fire Department and the Office of Volunteer Resources. The Cadet program is open to young men and women ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) to 18 years old (in 12th grade) with an interest in learning more about a career in the field of fire and emergency services.   

The VBFD Fire Cadet program exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. Cadets meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month and is held at the Harry E. Diezel Fire Training Center, 927 S. Birdneck Road. The program provides firefighting training, ride-alongs, career achievement, proficiency awards, training scenarios, and scholarship opportunities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country.
Cadets of the Virginia Beach Fire Department was first organized on September 11, 2012, as Fire Explorers. Cadets' core purpose focuses on assisting the youth in developing leadership skills. They also help to cultivate professionalism, build new personal skills, establish knowledge of fire dynamics, and an understanding of emergency call protocols. The program provides participants with volunteer opportunities, team building, and proper equipment usage.

Students interested in attending the Cadet program should email for more information.

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