Is this an easy class?
No. The Cadet program is a college level fire course that challenges the students physically, academically and mentally.
How can I get college credit?
Students who maintain a B average in the class and pass all parts of a final skills test will be awarded college credits though Lower Columbia College. (13 Credits in the first year and 14 in the second year)
How physical is the class?
The class is comparable to being in sports. Physical training is done each week starting with a three mile run then a work out in fifty pounds of gear. Approximately 50% of the time a student can expect to be wearing the gear and doing some type of physical activity.
How strict is the class?
The Cadets, like the Fire Department, is a Paramilitary organization with stringent rules, guidelines and code of conduct. Violations of the rules and regulations vary from push-ups to expulsion from the program.
How are grades calculated?
Grades are calculated 60% from test scores, 30% from participation and 10% misc. assignments for the semester. Grades on progress reports are 100% from test scores. Note: There is no extra credit.
Do the Cadets get to fight fire?
Yes. The Cadets under supervision will experience wildland, automotive and structure fires.