Fire Department graduates its second class of cadets

After 16 weeks of training, the Minneapolis Fire Department graduated its second class of cadets this year. The 10 new cadets who graduated Oct. 31 join the nine fire cadets who graduated in May. These two classes — the department’s first in five years — are part of the department’s effort to prepare for retirements among long-time career firefighters.

The cadets completed courses in firefighting, emergency medical care, hazardous materials and water rescue. Their training covered fire suppression, rescue, fire cause investigation, auto extrication, fire prevention, apparatus operation, company functions, hazardous materials handling and decontamination techniques, incident scene management and emergency medical procedures. They also earned certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and obtained the required Minnesota state Firefighter License.

The firefighters will now be assigned to ladder and engine companies throughout the city where they’ll complete a one-year probation period.


Published Nov 13, 2013