The Cadet Firefighter Program was instituted by the Calhan Fire Protection District as a training program for young men and women, ages 14-18, who are interested in serving their community and preparing to become active firefighters upon reaching the age of 18. At age 18, the cadet firefighter is eligible to become a full member of the Calhan Fire Department upon successful completion of a 3 month probation at full firefighter status.


As a Cadet Firefighter, members may serve in a supportive role for the active firefighters at actual emergencies as a supplement to a formal training program. In both training sessions and actual emergency situations, the safety of the Cadet is of paramount concern to the department. As such, the activities of the cadet firefighters are limited in scope and a fire officer or his/her designee will closely supervise them. The cadet firefighters quickly become an integral part of the firefighting team during emergencies, serving in such important capacities as establishing a water supply, supplying equipment for interior firefighters, changing air packs, manning exterior hose lines and assisting with interior overhaul once the fire has been extinguished.


Those selected are expected to act in a mature manner and commit to a demanding long-term program. To request an application call (719)-347-3057 or

Calhan Fire Cadet Program

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