Peoria Cadet Program

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The Cadet program's application period is currently closed and not accepting applicants. Please check back later.

Are you interested in a career as a firefighter? If you are at least 18 years old and are interested in hands-on training and experience with the fire department, the cadet program may be for you. To apply, fill out the application at the bottom of the page. You will need to include a 500-word essay on why you want to become a Peoria Fire-Medical Cadet.

Goals of the Peoria Cadet Program

We are the Cadets of the Peoria Fire Department. We are committed and dedicated to selfless volunteerism with STRENGTH, HONOR, and COMPASSION for our department and the communities they serve with one goal in mind: To one day, join the ranks of our department or that of another and continue to give back to the community. Interested? Check out the "Who we are" link!

Our Mission:

“As Peoria Cadets, we are committed to serving the public and our fire department with the highest level of integrity and dedication. We are here to better the community day in and day out.”

What We're About

As volunteer Cadets, we are committed to meeting the needs of our department and our community through volunteering. Through our adventures, events, and tasks we are also committed to providing as much positive exposure for our cadets to develop their chances of full-time employment not only in Peoria but any department.

Our Cadets Have one workout per month that is based on real-world needs for a Firefighters level of fitness. Afterwards, they are coached on the most critical portion of any hiring process, the interview.

There is also a monthly drill where our Cadets get hands-on training with our Firefighters. Hose lays, Technical Rescue, mass casualty, wildland, Haz-Mat, you name it they get to do it!

Our programs participation is kept at 30 strong. When five or more openings become available, we interview those on the waiting list for a possible position. Only the best of the bunch is selected.

We are committed to growing with our department through the years and continuing to successfully help our department and community while maintaining a great reputation with the rest of the valley fire departments. If you are interested in our program please read below:

Interested in becoming a Peoria Cadet? If so follow the easy steps listed below: 

1. Completely fill out and submit the application below.
2. Keep an eye on your email and we will be in touch with you regarding the next steps in the process.
3. If you have any questions about the program, your essay, requirements, etc, contact


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In 500 words or less, tell us about yourself and why you want to be a cadet for the Peoria Fire-Medical Department.
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