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Cadet Program

The Cadet program is a volunteer work experience program hosted by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District in conjunction with the College of San Mateo.  The basic training and knowledge gained from this experience will help to assist aspiring firefighters in achieving a better understanding of the fire service’s daily operations, training demands, and emergency scene operations. The term of the program is 1 year and meets the manipulative training and experience requirements in obtaining a California State Fire Marshall’s Office State Firefighter 1 certification. The program has been so successful that the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has placed over 50 firefighters that were previously Fire Cadets.


  • State of California EMT or National Registry EMT certification
  • Valid and current Driver’s license and driving record, past 3 years(3 year DMV printout required upon application)
  • A Firefighter 1 academy certification or proof of “student in good standing” letter signed by an Academy Instructor if currently enrolled
  • 18+ years of age

Application Documents:      
Current Resume with a copy of all required documents under “Requirements”
Application period is October 1st – November 16, 2014. Application materials should be received no later than Novermber 16th at 17:00 at Fire Station 6.

*No other formal application document*  

Attn: Jason Martin
Menlo Park Fire Station 6
700 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, Ca 94025

Interviews will be the in December of each year and scheduled shortly after the closing of the application period.   Orientation will be the 1st week of January each year.  The beginning of the 1 year term will begin and coincide with the start of the school semester for the College of San Mateo in January.

12 candidates will be selected shortly after the interview date to participate in the Cadet Program.  Interviews will be conducted each calendar year (There will not be any rolling list, only a reserve list of approximately 4) 

Each Cadet will be required to attend on a specific day of the week Mon-Sat for a 24 hour shift.  Attendance shall be in accordance with Semester dates as determined by the College of San Mateo.  Cadets will be required to purchase uniforms after a Conditional position offer by their 1st day of their Cadet time.  Personal Protective equipment will be provided on Orientation day. 
Each Cadet must remain in “good standing” with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District or the Cadet can be removed from the voluntary position at any time.

For questions or inquiries, please contact Jason Martin via e-mail at