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Fire Cadet Program


SQ-person-working-on-a-car.jpgThe High School Fire Science Cadet Program, developed in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Fire/ EMS Department (PGFD), prepares students for opportunities in Firefighting and Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Students receive appropriate and certified training coordinated through the Fire/ EMS Training Academy and are instructed by certified PGFD fire instructors in a two year program during their 11th and 12th grade years. While enrolled in the Cadet Program, students participate in both classroom and practical experiences. These experiences build knowledge and skills that prepares them to further their education in colleges and universities or enter the career field.

Requirements to Enroll and Complete Program: Be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Learn more about possible certifications

Did You Know?

  • 1/3 of CTE Students can earn college credit and/or industry certification through CTE1
  • CTE Graduates earn significantly more than those who majored in academic fields2
  • 6 in 10 Students plan to pursue a career related to the CTE area they explored in high school.3
  • CTE Graduates with technical or applied science associates degrees out-earn bachelor’s degree holders by $11,000.4

Year One

  • Personal Protective Equipment & Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (PPE/SCBA)
  • Fire Fighter I
  • HazMat Ops
  • Firefighter Survival & Rescue
  • Public Fire & Life Safety Education

Year Two

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Fire Fighter II

Programs Location(s)

Charles Herbert Flowers High
Chauntia Bego, Program Coordinator

Gwynn Park High
Melissa Osborne, Program Coordinator

Possible State Certifications

Students may earn the following state certifications upon successful completion of courses and passing score on state certification exam.

  • CPR
  • Fire Fighter I
  • Fire Fighter II
  • HazMat Awareness
  • HazMat Operations
  • Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

After graduation, students have taken multiple pathways. Academic pathways include majors in fields such as Biology, Pre-Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. Career pathways have led students to direct hire into the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department,  Emergency Room Technicians, private ambulatory services and other public service organizations.

Program Contact Information

Keith Hayes, Supervisor

Department of Career and Technical Education
Green Valley Administrative Offices
2215 Chadwick Street
Temple Hills, MD 20748

Phone: (301) 669-6012

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1 Source: My College Options®/ACTE research study (2016). National sample includes 40,192 high school CTE students., 2 Jacobson and Mokher, Florida Study of Career and Technical Education, 2014, as cited in the 2014 National Assessment of CTE Final Report, 3 NRCCUA® and ACTE 2016, 4 Schneider 2013, College Measures