Cadet Program

The Mission of the Tucson Fire Cadet Program is to promote Strength of Character through Firefighter Training, Education, Physical Fitness and Selfless Community Service.

Choosing a career can be a difficult choice. Tucson Fire Department Cadet Program offers high school students the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the firefighting profession.

Important dates for 2024

Summer Academy Application deadline is May 4th

Interviews will be conducted May 18th*

Academy will run June 3rd - June 28th*

* dates are tentative, subject to change

Fire cadets


  • Fire Prevention
  • Hose and Hose Handling
  • Fire Science
  • Aerial Ladder Climbing
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Contact with the Tucson Fire Department on a regular basis
  • Earn Ride-Along Privileges
  • Opportunity to Become a Cadet Lieutenant
  • A Mentoring Program; Should you decide to test for a position of the Tucson Fire Department

fire training


  • Front of Tucson Fire Department Station 1 with TFD logo Maintain 80% on all exams
  • Participate in all hands on activities (including physical fitness program)
  • Follow ALL rules and regulations of the Tucson Fire Department, AND the laws of:
    • The City of Tucson
    • The State of Arizona
    • The United States
    • The Federal Government

fire training


  • Good character
  • Good physical condition
  • 14 - 18 years of age
  • Provide own transportation
  • Be recommended by a high school vocational or career counselor
  • Must have completed Freshman year of high school

teamwork fire training

Applicants must successfully complete a multistep entrance procedure consisting of:

  • Complete application and delivery by posted closing date.
  • A one-hundred word essay on: "Why I want to be a Tucson Fire Department Cadet"
  • A fifteen minute interview


An application can be obtained through your high school counseling center.

Download the application here: Fire Cadet Application(PDF, 98KB)

CPR training

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