By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
Richmond Fire Chief Lonnie Quick along with City Administrator Ron Brohammer made a pitch to Richmond City Council to reinstate a teen fire cadet corps to educate students about aspects of fire and EMS services through hand-on experience. Quick presented the plan at the Dec. 11 council work session.
The cadet corps is open to girls and boys from 14 to 18 years of age who maintain at least a C average at school and pass physical requirements. The rules and regulations are quite lengthy with 25 different categories. Six cadets will be selected and expected to work 24 hours a month, which includes department training, Quick said. Cadets are required to attend at least half of all scheduled meeting and training sessions.
“They won’t go into any dangerous situations. They’ll be in a support role,” he said, adding that the cadets would not work past 10 p.m. on school nights. Their captain would make the determination as to what situations the cadets would be able to do ride alongs.
Quick said that Capt. Brad Branson, a firefighter who went through the previous fire cadet program as a teen, would be the senior officer for the cadet program and Tim Hightower would be the supervisor, Quick said.
“They’ll have their own chief and assistant chief. We can keep is small so we can concentrate on putting a good program for them,” he said.