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Homegrown Heroes in the Making: Cadets Complete Fire Science Program


17 seniors were recently honored for completing the demanding, two-year Fire Science Cadet Program. In the cadet program, students engage in a blend of classroom instruction and hands-on learning that prepares them for opportunities in Firefighting and Emergency Medical Service (EMS).

The program is currently offered at Charles Herbert Flowers and Gwynn Park high schools.

Developed in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department (PGFD), the fire cadet program equips students for careers in Firefighting and EMS. During their 11th and 12th grade years, students undergo certified training under the guidance of PGFD fire instructors, preparing them for the challenges ahead.

Now in its eleventh year, the program has produced new recruits for the Prince George's County Fire Department and beyond.

“It’s a phenomenal program from which we’ve had the opportunity to hire over 30 cadets and numerous others who are volunteering in our community,” said Tiffany Green, Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. “We love this program as it’s homegrown talent and that’s what we’re about.”

After graduation, many cadets have pursued academic paths in Biology, Pre-Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. Others have embarked on careers directly within the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, as Emergency Room Technicians, or in various public service roles.

Upon successful completion of courses and a passing score on a state certification exam, students may earn the following state certifications:

Learn more about the Fire Cadet program and PGCPS Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs!