Mayor Frank G. Jackson swore in 35 fire cadets today who were hired as a result of the Mayor’s enhanced budget, made possible by the passage of Issue 32. The 32nd Fire Academy Cadet Class has completed 18 weeks of rigorous training to reach graduation. View photos from the event.
“The City of Cleveland is committed to providing our safety department with the manpower it needs,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “As a result of Issue 32 and the enhanced budget, we can serve our neighborhoods with an even stronger, more responsive fire department.”
The cadets will fill vacancies created by retirements and ensure that staffing levels remain consistent with the needs of the Cleveland community. They will help improve services and response times for residents in neighborhoods throughout the City of Cleveland.
The graduation was held in City Council chambers at 601 Lakeside Avenue.
The cadets’ comprehensive training program included:
- Fire behavior
- Hands-on training with tools and equipment firefighters use daily
- All aspects of on-scene fire operations
- Building construction
- Hazardous materials operations
- Apparatus operation and maintenance
- Rescue techniques
- 180 hours in emergency medical care, certifying the recruits as Emergency Medical Technicians.
Mayor Jackson, who announced his 2017 budget enhancements on February 1, promised Cleveland residents a renewed focus on critical services in area neighborhoods. Services such as police, fire and emergency medical services will all receive significant increases in staff and equipment as a result of Issue 32.
The Division of Fire has increased its budget by $2.8 million, with an additional fire company, support personnel, safety equipment and a records system update.
“The cadets are an important addition to the Division of Fire,” said Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “Our goal is to maximize the City’s resources, enabling the Division to respond to the needs of the community while maintaining fire and rescue operations.”