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Cadet Program

Thank you for your interest in serving as a DC Fire and EMS Cadet.  

Cadet Class 21 began their service on October 29, 2018. Twenty-one District of Columbia residents will work diligently over the next year to become certified Firefighters/Emergency Medical Technicians. 

Fire Cadet Program

The Cadet Program is a one-year program that provides District of Columbia residents between the ages of 18 and 21 years old the opportunity to become members of the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS).  During the program, Cadets attain their National Registry EMT, Firefighter I & II, and Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations Certificates. The Cadet participate in a departmental rotation, where they are exposed and acclimated to all aspects of the D. C. Fire and EMS Department.


Those interested in the Fire Cadet Program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a DC Resident
  • Be a DC Public, Public Charter or Parochial High School Graduate, with a diploma or GED
  • Be between the ages of 18 - 21 years old at the time of application
  • Have had a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5
  • Have a driver's license, provisional license or learner permit at the time of application


Once evaluated and selected Cadets earn an annual salary of $22,526 and accrue 4 hours of paid annual and sick leave bi-weekly.
Upon successful completion of the Program, new Firefighter EMT recruits will earn a starting salary of $48,881 annually, accrue 4.5 hours of paid annual and sick leave bi-weekly, and have access to health and life insurances and union representation.

Screening Process

Selected candidates are required to:
  • Complete a Personal History Application;
  • Undergo a criminal background check with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), FBI, and US Park Police;
  • Provide a copy of driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV);
  • Undergo a physical examination and a psychological evaluation by the Police and Fire Clinic (PFC);
  • Provide Reference Checks;
  • Verify US Citizenship; and
  • Verify Selective Service Registry (males only).

To apply for the Fire Cadet Program you must submit the following documents:

  1. Driver’s License or Driver’s Learners Permit;
  2. High School Diploma / GED Certificate; and
  3. Final High School Transcript / GED Transcript .
The application period for Cadet Class 22 will be announced in the near future.

Cadet Office Contact Information:
DC Fire and EMS Recruitment Office
2000 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Main: 202-673-3330
Direct: 202-673-3392