The cadet program is offered through Prince William County Schools. This is a one-year program open to juniors and seniors that are 16 years of age and older. Students selected by Prince William County Schools must pass a medical physical in order to participate in the program.
Classes are held at the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center in Nokesville, Virginia. Students are bussed from their program school to the Center for classes every other day. Click on this link for more information from Prince William County Public Schools.
The cadet program allows students to explore a career in the emergency services field with emphasis on developing fundamental skills in the field of firefighting. Students will be given entry-level firefighter training in a safe and realistic training environment. In addition to studying fire science, students will receive training in CPR and hazardous materials. Students will be taught skills in team-building, leadership, respect, discipline, problem solving, and decision-making. This hands-on course is also physically demanding at times. Physical training and conditioning will occur. Cadets participate in training fires and are given instruction in advanced first aid/CPR. Successful completion of the program will result in the opportunity to sit for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) Firefighter I and II certification exam.