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Firefighter Cadet Academy 

The Thornton Fire Department offers a Firefighter Cadet Academy for youth ages 15-18 on an annual basis.  This 40-hour Academy is intended to educate young adults about careers in the fire service. 

Each day will focus on different subjects including EMS, Hazardous Material Responses, Fire Prevention, Auto Extrication, Public Education, and Technical Rescue. Students will participate in classroom sessions, practical evolutions, and experience several hands-on firefighting techniques including handling a fire hose and using a fire extinguisher.  Applicants must be a student currently attending school or residing in the City of Thornton and agree to a background check.

The Academy is free and typically meets Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Applications are available at Fire Administration, 9500 Civic Center Dr., or on the City’s website at and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 1.

The class size is limited to 20. For information, contact Public Education Officer Sabrina Iacovetta at 303-538-7654 or The 2015 Academy will be held from June 15-19. This program is not for Fire Department employment or certification.

Firefighter Cadet Academy Application Packet

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