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Wanted: Dayton Fire Cadets

Volunteer Fire Dept. launches program to train next generation of firefighters

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The Dayton Volunteer Fire Department has launched a Fire Cadet Program for men and women ages 16 to 18. The program aims to teach responsibility, leadership skills and teamwork, while also potentailly laying the groundwork for the next generation of firefighters.

DAYTON — The Dayton Volunteer Fire Department has launched its new Fire Cadet Program.

Applications are now open for young men and women ages 16 through 18.

Fire Chief Luke Hainzinger said the program is a great way for young people to get involved in the community and learn what it takes to be a firefighter.

Fire cadets will be trained and assist at fire scenes outside of the “hot zone,” Hainzinger said. “They can help with fireground cleanup, fundraisers, work around the station, dragging hoses or running tools at a fire scene,” he said. “Less risk activities, but still assisting and being involved.”

Cadets will gain confidence, responsibility, leadership skills, and teamwork values, according to the chief.

“A program like this would look great on a college application,” said Hainzinger.

Once cadets turn 18 years old, they would have the option to become fully active firefighters.

Hainzinger said he hopes people will give the program a try, but if a cadet decides it’s not something they want to continue, they have the option to drop out at any time.

“If they decide it’s not for them, there’s no hard feelings. It’s not for everybody, but the people that like it love it,” said Hainzinger.

Young men and women between the ages of 16 and 18 years who live within about 10 minutes of Dayton are welcome to apply for the Cadet Program.

For more information or to apply, contact Hainzinger at 515-570-5903.

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