High School Cadet Program

The Harford County Cadet is a joint effort by the Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) and the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association (HCVFA) to provide college level education and career training to high school seniors.
HCVFA Cadet Logo
Participants enroll in their school’s Work-Based Learning course by which they leave school each day to complete training and other requirements at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI). This program has an exemplary volunteer retention rate and many of our alumni move on to careers in fire, emergency services or other public safety professions.

The Training Classes Offered Include


  • Firefighter I
  • Firefighter II
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations
  • Protective Envelope and Foam




  • Rescue Technician-Site Operations
  • Rescue Technician-Vehicle and Machinery Extrication
  • Engine Company Operations
  • Truck Company Operations
Note: Actual schedule of classes may vary and some National Certifications are available. 

The Benefits of Being a Volunteer Include


  • Community Service
  • Free Training
  • Free Equipment
  • Length of Service Pension Program
  • Live-in Programs
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Tax Deductions
  • Workman's Compensation Insurance

Maryland Fire Rescue Institute (MFRI)


The MFRI of the University of Maryland is the state's comprehensive training and education system for emergency services. The Institute plans, researches, develop, and delivers quality programs to enhance the ability of emergency services providers to protect life, the environment, and property. MFRI programs rely on the knowledge and resources of the University of Maryland system to obtain service and assistance to serve you.