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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..


  • 18+ years of age
  • Valid and current Driver’s license and driving record, past 3 years(3 year DMV printout required upon application)
  • A Firefighter 1 academy certification
  • State of California EMT or National Registry EMT certification

Application Documents:   

Go to to apply
Applications are being accepted between August 19th-Sep 3rd, 2015 for the January 2016 year term


Interviews will be in September of each year and scheduled shortly after the closing of the application period.    12 candidates will be selected shortly after the interview date to participate in the Cadet Program.  (There will not be any rolling list, only a reserve list of approximately 4-6 candidates) 

Orientation will be between September-January prior to the start of the 1 year term.  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.


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 Engineer Joe Wallace at or the general phone line @ 650-688-8400