The United Communities Volunteer Fire Department (UCVFD) Fire/Rescue Cadet Program has been developed to instill in each Cadet, a sense of character, confidence, and self-esteem. The program will also teach fire/rescue skills, self-discipline, and respect. This program is free and targeted to the age group of 9 to 16-year-old candidates. Cadets will participate in training related to fire prevention, control, and emergency medical services. The program will include formal training supplemented by field trips and developmental assignments.
The Fire/Rescue Cadet Program consists of Junior Cadets, 9 to 13 years of age, and Senior Cadets, 14 to 16 years of age (at 16 years of age, the Cadet has the option of remaining in the Cadet Program or applying for regular membership in UCVFD with parental permission).
Upon being voted into the program, all Cadets will serve a probationary period of 6 months. If a probationary Cadet violates any of the program policies, their probationary period will be extended an additional month for a first offense and may result in more severe departmental disciplinary action begin taken if other offenses occur.
All Cadets shall maintain a “C” average or better and will give a copy of each current report card to the Fire/Rescue Cadet Chairperson for review. Any Cadet not maintaining a “C” average or better will not be allowed to participate in any Cadet functions, and failure to present a current report card after being given a reminder will result in disciplinary action being taken.
UCVFD reserves the right to limit the number of Cadets in the program.
Cadets must understand and abide by the UCVFD Constitution, By-Laws, rules, and regulations of the corporation and those specific policies that govern the Fire/Rescue Cadet Program.
The UCVFD Fire/Rescue Cadet Committee oversees and regulates this program, under the direction of their Chairman who reports to the UCVFD Board of Directors.
The UCVFD Constitution and By-Laws precede any and all regulations of the Fire/Rescue Cadet Program.
If the Cadet no longer meets the requirements or violates the regulations, they may be suspended or dismissed from the program by the UCVFD Fire/Rescue Cadet Committee.
Training/program materials will be provided to all Cadet applicants. For the duration of the Cadet being in the program, these materials will remain in the custody of the Cadet. Upon leaving the program, all materials and company property will be returned to the department or a replacement fee will be levied against the Cadet.