About Cadet Program

The Cadet Program is a work experience program in conjunction with San Mateo Community College’s Cooperative Education Programs. The one year program allows students to earn college credits by ride-along experience and required volunteer time for California State Firefighter I Certificate. The Cadets can earn 1 unit of college credit for every 60 hours of participation. Up to 4 units a semester can be earned toward degree. 

Cadet Program Requirements

  • Prospective Candidates must possess an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

  • Currently enrolled or have completed an accredited Firefighter I Academy

  • Possess a valid Driver's License

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Cadets must ride-along minimum of 48 hours per month and complete 5 hours per month in either: Fire Administration, Fire Prevention Bureau, or Fire Training Division

Application Process

  • Candidates must submit a Fire Department Employment Application and resume between October 1st and October 15th.

  • Applications and resumes shall be mailed or hand delivered to the following address:


San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department - Administration Office
C/O Cadet Program
1040 East Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404


  • Candidates that possess the required qualifications will be invited to participate in a structured oral interview.

Additional Information
Please call (650) 522-7900 or email.

1040 E. Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404

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