The mission of the program is to, “Help develop future firefighters by ensuring leaders of the program have the resources to provide purposeful training in fire, emergency medical treatment and leadership development.” Only participants ages 16-20 would be able to ride on the HCFR Units after they’ve gone through training and testing. All HCFR employees will receive “Protect Our Youth Training” according to Michael Rich, a driver/engineer at HCFR Station 4.
“It’s a tremendous program. Pasco County has been running it for at least three years that I am familiar with… They’ve had great success with it down there,” said Rich.
There will be no financial impact to the county or fire department. They will start out with 15 cadets in the program.