The RBFD Fire Cadet program functions under the oversight of the Executive Fire Council in coordination with the Explorer program of the Boy Scouts of America. The program is designed to teach young teenagers, between the ages of 14 to 17, the skills of firefighting. A cadet explorer acquires the basic skills required for firefighting. The program is designed to teach safety and to provide confidence in the use of firematic equipment and techniques. Once a cadet becomes 18 years of age, he or she may join one of the firefighting units of the Fire Department.
Experienced firefighters of the department serve as sponsors for the enlisted cadets and are responsible for their training and education. The sponsors coordinate formal classroom training and practical hands-on exercises. Formal training takes place at nearby fire academies and are further supplemented during monthly fire drills conducted by the Red Bank fire companies.
Advanced Stages of Training
Once a cadet achieves advanced stages of training, he or she is allowed to respond to fire calls with Department's firefighting units. While the cadets are restricted from entering any structure involved in fire or smoke and are also restricted from engaging in life threatening activities, they do fully participate in many other duties required on the fire ground. For example, cadets may assist with stretching hose lines, supply the necessary equipment to firefighters, assist with hydrant operations and with many other essential functions; all of which are performed from outside the structure. For their safety, all fire ground activities are supervised by the sponsors and the Fire Chief.
Joining the Program
Residents of the Borough of Red Bank or residents of Monmouth County residing within 5 miles from the Borough of Red Bank, between the ages of 14 and 17 may join the fire cadet program. For more information or to join, contact the RBFD Chief at 732-530-2797.