The LAFD Cadet program is the top-tier of our Youth Programs’ progressive pathway to becoming a Los Angeles City Firefighter.  This program requires at minimum, a commitment of one-year.  Cadets work side-by-side with LAFD members to learn the duties and responsibilities of a firefighter.  Following an introductory one-day orientation and acceptance process, the youth get assigned to an approved LAFD Cadet Post located at one of our Fire Stations in the City that hosts Cadet Posts.  Cadet Post activities are organized by firefighters that act as advisors, and have completed all Youth Protection Training through the Exploring Program/Boy Scouts of America.  Many of the Cadet Post Advisors have been Cadets themselves.


  • Be at least age 14, and no older than age 20
  • Live within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Be fully vaccinated according to Los Angeles City Mandate

Before being assigned to a Cadet Post and participating in any activities, all prospective Cadets must:

  • Attend a one-day, six-hour orientation
  • Pass the Cadet Physical Agility Test
  • Complete a medical release form signed by a doctor
  • Submit their most recent report card and maintain above 2.0 GPA
  • Preferably have some experience in one of our other programs or attending fire related courses

Cadets should understand that participation in the LAFD Cadet Program is considered to be voluntary.  The LAFD reserves the right to discontinue a cadet’s participation in the program at any time that a valid basis for such discontinuation arises.  Disciplinary issues and program discontinuations will be discussed with the cadet, or his-or-her guardian, if the cadet is under 18 years of age, and with the cadet program advisor.

LAFD Cadets expectations are:

  • Be courteous and embody the CORE Values of the LAFD
  • Abide by LAFD Cadet Policy
  • Work through the Cadet Task Book with Cadet Post Advisors and mentors
  • Perform Community Service as outlined in the Cadet Task Book

Becoming a LAFD Cadet is an excellent way to develop essential skills, gain self-confidence, and acquire valuable experience that will be helpful in any future venture.

If you have what it takes to be an LAFD Cadet, click here to join.  For information on our other youth programs, please visit  If you have any further questions email Patricia Arias at

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