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Cadet Volunteer (Uncertified)

Job Details



Title: Cadet

Selection: Vetted thru the hiring and selection process with the Fire Chiefs Approval

Assigned: Operations Division

Reports to: Assigned Captain

Positions Supervised: None

Rank Designation: None


Cadet Members will work a schedule depending on availability and minimum requirements as defined in the HCESD13/CCFD Staffing and Response Operations Procedure.


All new members of the Department with less than TCFP Firefighter Certification enter the Department with the rank of Cadet.

Cadets are responsible for learning their responsibilities, organization of the Department, the job assignments of firefighters, officers, and emergency medical personnel, and completing the Cadet Class.

Cadets are part of the basic customer service delivery team. As such, cadets are in direct contact and interaction with the departments customers.


The Cadet shall:

  1. Conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism, honor, and courtesy when working with other firefighters, customers, other public safety organizations, and the public.
  2. Perform all duties assigned by a superior officer or supervisor.
  3. Respond with their assigned station to emergency scenes and participate in a support role under the supervision of their company officers.
  4. Not be allowed to participate in on-scene fire suppression tasks that require using SCBA. Cadets shall not enter an IDLH environment except during approved training environments coordinated with the Training Division
  5. Successfully complete the NFPA Firefighter I & II training.
    • Successful completion shall be defined as a minimum-passing grade of 70%.
    • Provide evidence of training equal to or more advanced than that presented in the NFPA Fire Fighter I & II training curriculum.
  • Examples include a Firefighter certificate (Volunteer or Career) from the Texas Commission for Fire Protection, SFFMA or Firefighter Certification from another state, and completion of a basic firefighting course from a high learning institution or similar program.
  • Documentation will be reviewed by and approved by the Division Chief of Training.
  1. Be knowledgeable of the Departments Standard Operating Guidelines, Procedures, and Policies.
  2. Acquire a working knowledge of the operation of apparatus, tools, and equipment assigned to their station and a familiarity with apparatus, tools, and equipment used in the Department.
  3. Acquire knowledge of streets, buildings, and the locations of fire hydrants in their respective district.
  4. Participate in company, district, or Department drills under the direction of their company officers.
  5. Maintain their physical and mental health so that they may perform their duties.
  6. Assist with the maintenance and care of the property, buildings, apparatus, tools, and equipment assigned to the station to assuring operational readiness.
  7. Shall wear the safety equipment issued and prescribed by regulations when participating in company or other training drills and emergency responses.
  8. Be courteous, professional, and helpful in their relations with fellow firefighters, the public, and superior officers.
  9. See that all visitors are greeted courteously and that unauthorized person(s) are not permitted to go about the station unescorted.
  10. Ensure fire stations and department facilities are maintained clean, neat, and orderly.
  11. Adhere to the Departments Policy regarding Personal Protective Equipment.
  12. Ensure all assigned taskbooks and training paperwork has been completed before the end of the shift.

Absence from Duty:

Notify the Stations Officers of any condition that may cause them to be absent or unable to perform these duties.



Completion of the Departmental application and pre-screening process.

Required Skills:

Ability to execute all the skills required of a firefighter I and II as defined in the NFPA

Ability to proficiently execute all the skills required of an EMT-B

Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and written, in English

Strong team building, leadership, and interpersonal skills

Able to work well without supervision

Able to handle suddenly changing work conditions and assignments

Working knowledge of emergency operations management and emergency tactics

Ability to pass Departmental Physical and Respiratory Protection medical examinations

Ability to pass a drug screen

Ability to pass Department physical ability test

Work Location & Conditions:

Adverse or potentially hazardous environments will be routinely present during training exercises and emergency responses. Moderate to heavy lifting, under high physical exertion, with protective clothing and SCBA, will be required in high-heat environments for an extended period.


This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of employees responsibilities, duties, skills, and behaviors in this job. It is intended to describe the essential functions of the position that a qualified individual must be able to perform, either with or without reasonable accommodation.

Harris County Emergency Services District 13 is an equal opportunity employer that promotes a drug-free workplace. Selection for this position will be based on job qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other protected category.