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Company 511 Cadet Program

The Fire Cadet Company 511 program was created in 1981 by former Seattle Fire Chief, Robert L. Swartout. This program offers young adults a wonderful opportunity to explore a career in the fire industry.

Who can join?
Any person age 16 - 20 years old.

The enrollment schedule for the Fire Cadet Program is September 1 - December 31.

Company 511 Cadets receive training in:

Company 511
Open Enrollment:


Cadet Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Selection Process


Teamwork Communication Discipline
Problem Solving Fire Suppression Pump Operations
Hose Handling Vehicle Extrication Haz-Mat Awareness
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Emergency Medical Services Training Confined Space Rescues
High Angle Rope Rescues Marine Fire Suppression & Rescue Command Strategy & Tactics
Technical Rescues Fire Alarm Center Search & Rescue

Ride-Along Program
After completing required levels of training, Fire Cadets are permitted to ride on SFD engine companies, ladder companies, Aid cars and medic units with an Advisor. When Fire Cadets "Ride Along" with their Advisor, they participate in activities such as apparatus and station maintenance, fire safety inspections, training drills and of course, all emergency work. The "Ride Along" program gives the Fire Cadet a unique opportunity to respond with the Advisor from the fire station and observe emergencies from start to finish. Fire Cadets are NOT permitted to enter a burning building to fight a fire. However, they are extremely valuable in crowd and traffic control, laying exterior hose lines and raising ladders. On emergency medical calls, Fire Cadets assist by taking blood pressures, administering oxygen and gathering information about patient medical histories.

Community Service and Activities
The Fire Cadet program provides first aid services and blood pressure screening for the Seafair Milk Carton Derby Race, Seafair Hydroplane Races, and raises funds for the North West Burns Foundation. The Fire Cadets assist the Seattle Fire Department Public Education Section with Fire Prevention Fairs throughout the year. The Fire Cadet program also participates in several community parades.

Fire Cadet Company 511 meets on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Joint Training Facility located at 9401 Myers Way South, Seattle. Please call (206) 615-1300 for a schedule.

How Much Does it Cost to be a Member?
Each Cadet pays $10.00 per month dues. There are additional fees for special trips and events.

What Uniform and Equipment Requirements Must I Purchase?
Each member must provide himself or herself with a pair of black leather 5" high safety shoes which can be polished (no suede). Also each member will have to purchase a uniform which consists of a shirt with patches and a name tag, trousers and a 1 1/2" black belt and a uniform T-shirt. The program provides a helmet, bunking coat, bunking pants, bunking boots and leather gloves. (Please call (206) 615-1300 for more details)

The Fire Cadets are organized into their own operating unit. The Fire Cadets are led by an elected Fire Cadet Chief, Fire Cadet Assistant Chief and Fire Cadet Secretary/Treasurer (a Captain’s position). Fire Cadet Lieutenants are appointed by the Fire Cadet Chief to supervise small groups of Fire Cadets.

Fire Department Personnel
Supervising Advisor - Lieutenant Tim Dungan

For more information contact:

Lt. Tim Dungan - Supervising Advisor
Cadet Program
Seattle Fire Department
9401 Myers Way South
Seattle, Washington 98108
Cadet Program Hotline


Last Modified:  September 29, 2017

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