Final training session for Cleveland Fire cadets

Cleveland Fire

(Cleveland) - Members of the 34th Cadet Class of the Cleveland Fire Training Academy are taking the last steps in anticipation of their January 11th graduation by participating in Live Burn Training January 2nd and 3rd at houses donated by the Cuyahoga County Land Bank. 

The 20 Cadets will perform various evolutions covering firefighting tactics, ladder deployment, ventilation, search and rescue, and overhaul.

“This is an important step in preparing these cadets to serve the residents and visitors of the City of Cleveland,” said Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “We are proud of the work they have put in and look forward to having them on the street later this month.”

Each of the houses will have six fires set at different times in different rooms. After the burns, the houses will be secured and are scheduled to be razed within a week.

The Cleveland Fire Academy lasts 18 weeks. The first month was focused on medical training and preparing all cadets to become State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). 

The last three months focused on training in vehicle extrication, various tools of the trade and techniques for use of ladders, forcible entry, and search and rescue.

Next week the Cadets will be tested on their proficiency in all aspects of firefighting to become State Certified Fire Fighters. The class includes Cleveland’s first female fire cadet since 1989.

(Photos by Kyle Cornell/WTAM)

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