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CFS Cadet Program

SA Country Fire Service (CFS) accepts young men and women aged between 11-18 years to be cadets.

What do cadets do?

Cadets do a whole stack of activities which may include:

  • The introduction to basic firefighting, pump operations, hose work, ride on the trucks, use the radios, search and rescue.

  • Community activities, street parades, attending local events, helping out on community projects and fundraising events.

  • Fun activities such as camps, state firefighting competitions, go-karting and movies.

  • Other related activities such as start your Duke of Edinburgh Award or make your training part of your school curriculum.

Why should I join?

  • To do something different in your life
  • To have fun getting out there 'doing stuff´
  • To meet new people and make friends
  • Give your time to your community - make a difference

I am interested - What do I do now?

  • Phone 1300 364 587 to find your closest cadet program; or

  • Find your closet cadet program here.

Information for parents/caregivers

The CFS has been running successful cadet programs for many years. Some of the current leaders within the CFS were cadets themselves and have worked their way through the organisation. The CFS Cadet Program is about building a foundation for future membership in the CFS, and developing youth in the local community through skill and social development.

There are over 400 CFS brigades operating across South Australia. Brigades are run entirely by volunteers and the decision to have a Cadet Program is usually made by brigade management. Not every brigade in South Australia has cadets, so you may need to look further than your local brigade for your closest program.

When is the training held?

Training times and frequency are the decision of the Cadet Leaders and differ for each brigade - training may be weekly, fortnightly or monthly, some only run during school terms and most normally run between 1 to 2 hours. 

How much does it cost?                                                                                                   

Most cadet programs do not have a joining fee or any associated membership costs (although some cadet programs might charge a small fee each week to put back into cadet activities).

Cadets are provided with their uniform made up of overalls, helmet, goggles and gloves. Some brigades do not provide footwear for cadets. It is the responsibility of the cadet to ensure they wear the right footwear (covered in and sturdy).

Work Health and Safety

Under the WH&S Act 2012, volunteers are considered 'employees', so when a young person signs on as a CFS cadet they are covered by legislation. In the event of injuring during a CFS approved activity they are covered by the Workers Compensation Act 1987 and can access workers compensation and rehabilitation services.


Cadets are covered by CFS public liability insurance at all times whilst undertaking CFS approved activities.

Cadet Leaders 

The leaders of cadet programs are police checked in order to hold their positions, they must abide by the Emergency Services Sector Child Protection Policy and CFS Code of Conduct. Cadet Leaders also receive training in working with young people and must abide by strict supervision ratios during all cadet activities.

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