This program is a cooperative effort between the fire department and the Coeur D’Alene school district. Many meetings were held with high school counselors and with school district officials in order to make this program happen, and to assure that the students would get high school (elective) credit for their participation. Cadets are assigned to a station and a crew. They are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours per semester in order to receive their elective credits. Cadets are required to log their hours on a timesheet. “We realize that Cadets have other obligations such as sports, homework, jobs, etc. We can work with the Cadet to accommodate those obligations.” said Fire fighter Greg Thaxton, program coordinator. “But they are required to be here when they say they will, absences and/or tardiness are not acceptable.”
At the end of the semester, each cadet will receive a completion certificate. Each crew is encouraged to provide a letter of recommendation (if the cadet earns it) and to do something special (family dinner, etc.) for their cadet. Interested High School Seniors should contact their school counselor before the start of the next semester to submit an application. CDAFD will consider up to 9 positions per semester and that will be coordinated with the High School Counselors.