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Spark your future! Become a Junior Firefighter.
Join the County of Grande Prairie ATCO Fire Cadet Program today!

Open to youth living in the County of Grande Prairie, and the towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, and Wembley.

The ATCO Fire Cadet Program in the County of Grande Prairie is a great opportunity for high school students to explore their own abilities, work with professional firefighters, and learn important life and leadership skills.

Some fire cadet learning takes place in the classroom, but a lot happens out in the field, guided by professional firefighters, using real firefighting equipment. It’s a great way to be physically and mentally engaged, while learning about yourself and your potential. The one-semester program can also earn you high school credits! *

You’re eligible if you:

  • Are between 16 and 18 years old
  • Have an interest in firefighting and emergency medical co-response
  • Are comfortable with physically demanding tasks
  • Live in the County of Grande Prairie or the towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, and Wembley  

* The program may include an option for dual credit through career-based high school programming. More information will be available during high school presentations.

Watch the video to learn more.


Information sessions: 

In January 2024, the program launched with presentations at five area high schools – Beaverlodge Regional High School, Peace Wapiti Academy, St. Joseph Catholic High School, St. John Paul II Catholic School, and Sexsmith Secondary School.  

Check back often for notice of upcoming information sessions at your school, local fire hall or community centre. Interested youth can apply online at any time using the link below.

Time commitment: 

  • One full semester 
  • Eight to 10 hours per month 

Fire Station training locations: 

  • Bezanson, 9903 100 Avenue 
  • Hythe, 10004 102 Street 
  • La Glace, 10109 100 Avenue 
  • Teepee Creek, 9912 100 Avenue 
  • Town of Beaverlodge, 1023 2 Avenue 
  • Town of Sexsmith, 9500 97 Street 
  • Town of Wembley, 9928 100 Street 


  • Free 

Application process: 

  • Complete the online application form 
  • Program intake is ongoing. Enter the program at any time during the year.