Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department Cadet Program
(Explorer Post 966)


Have you ever watched firefighters fight a fire?

Have you ever seen fire trucks racing to an emergency scene? Have you ever wondered what it's like to actually be part of the excitement?
By joining the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department Fire-Rescue-EMS Cadet / Explorer Post 966 you will get valuable, hands-on experience with real firefighters.


Cadets are a group of young men and women who have an interest in the fire-rescue-EMS profession. Cadets experience similar training, duties and actual situations that Parkwood firefighters handle on a daily basis.


As a Cadet, you will meet weekly at Parkwood's Fire Station #1 located at 1409 Seaton Road in Durham (Tuesdays from 6-8pm). Meetings are conducted in a business like manner with agenda items including new/old business, planning community projects and instruction/training sessions. Fire department personnel offer Cadets training in:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Equipment use and apparatus safety
  • Emergency scene safety
  • First Aid
  • CPR certification
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership Skills

Fire prevention, public education and safety demonstrations are also a valuable part of the community service offered by members of the Cadet / Explorer Post 966.

Cadets are able to participate in the ride along program where they put their skills to work on emergency calls assisting firefighters as part of a team. Saving life and property and helping our community to be a better place to live is always a priority.


To experience the excitement and challenge of being a Cadet, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 14 to 17 years old
  • Complete 8th grade
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA with no failing classes
  • Be in good physical health and of good moral character
  • Complete and return the Cadet application
  • Submit to a background investigation
  • Have parental or guardian consent

The Cadet program is a cooperative effort with Learning for Life. Cadet posts are located in many cities throughout the U.S.

Experience the thrill and excitement of being a Cadet. For an opportunity to become a member of Cadet / Explorer Post 966, please call (919) 361-0927 or download the flyers and form.

Pictured below are some members, several of our instructors, and post advisors. Click on the images to see more photos of each event.

Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department Cadet Program Cadets In Training Cadets In Training
Cadet Hose Streams Cadet Hose Training Volunteering at NC Fallen Firefighters Foundation Booth
Emergency Radio Communications Fire Extinguisher Training Brush Fire Operations & Equipment Training
Tankers Operations Training CPR Certification Training Vehicle Collisions Response Training

For more information on how you or your child can join, please contact: Post Advisor.

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Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department ~ Durham, North Carolina ~ 919.361.0927