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The High School Future Firefighter Program @ Dorsey High School

The Dorsey High School (DHS) Future Firefighter Program (FFP) meets on Thursdays, during the Advisory period.  The Future Firefighter Program has been operating at Dorsey high school since 2013.  Dr. Reginald Sample, was Dorsey’s principal at the time our program launched and has been very supportive of this program since its inception.  Today, Dr. Sean Gaston is the current principal at Dorsey and he has been equally as supportive to our program.   Miss AkebaJackson-Boykins is the Magnet Program coordinator at DHS and Mrs. Loretta Brown is the Magnet program counselor.  Both of these ladies have done an excellent job in supporting our program with their time, knowledge and active engagement directing students toward us that have a sincere interest and desire in developing a career in public safety (Fire / EMS and Law Enforcement).    

The FFP encourages students to participate in the L.A. Metro High School Fire Program.  The Los Angeles Metro High School Fire Academy in Elysian Park, is sponsored by the Los Angeles Fire Department.  This program is an excellent program for students that would like to pursue a career as a firefighter.  We also direct students to become a part of the explorer or cadet program near their home community.  

Captain Brent Burton and his F.I.R.E. team (Firefighters Instilling Responsibility through Education) meet in room A-128 in the newly built Magnet building on Dorsey’s campus.  The Future Firefighter Program is for students in grades 9 through 12.  

The topics taught include: 

  • ​​​​​​Written exam and Oral interview preparation​​ ​​
  • Basic First Aid​ ​​​​​​​​​
  • Fire Inspection practices ​​​​​​​​
  • Home safety inspections ​​​​​​​​
  • Fire Behavior​​​​​​​​​
  • Fire Department operations​​​​​​
  • Leadership​​​​​​​​​​
  • Financial Literacy​​​​​​​​​
  • Domestic Violence Prevention​​​​​​​
  • Fire Service History​​​​​​​​​
  • Law Enforcement encounters​​​​​​​
  • Critical Thinking Skills development​​​​​​
  • Basic Civics / Local Government operations​​​​​
  • Guest speakers are usually DHS alumni​​​​​​
  • College Readiness and preparation




1. Every cadet will be courteous and respectful to one another.  The word “SIR” or “MA’AM” will be used when addressing:A. Any instructor in the ProgramB. Any teacherC. Any guest speakerD. Any person when ever being introducedE. Any adult when involved in any academy event

2. NO cadet will “put down” or speak badly of another cadet or officer.  This only builds divisive walls that will break down a team.

3. It will be the duty of every Squad Captain to disseminate all pertinent information to the cadets in his/her command.

4. Any and all discipline will be the responsibility of the Training Staff or the High School staff.

5. Training Staff or High School staff will have the power to terminate a cadet from the program.

6. Cadets must come prepared for class.  Tardiness will not be tolerated and excuses will not be accepted.  You’re growing up now and its time to start being MATURE!

7. Instructors will handle breach of discipline by assigning a set number of push-ups for each specific violation.  Continuing breach of discipline will result in termination from the program.


To teach cadets proper courtesy and discipline

To teach cadets the real meaning of team work and how to be a team player

To teach cadets the importance of a high school education

To teach cadets about local city government and how the fire department operates

To teach cadets about all the jobs available in the fire service

To teach cadets the tools used by the fire department and the skills needed to be able to use those tools

To teach the cadets the importance of being physically fit and the strength required to do the job of a firefighter

To teach the cadets the hiring process of the fire department

To teach the cadets how to prepare for the written exam and oral interview

To teach the cadets the importance of staying in school, continuing their education and staying out of trouble

To introduce career professionals and positive adult role models who grew up in the area and attended their school and surrounding schools

To MOTIVATE each cadet to strive to do their best and to persevere

To instill CONFIDENCE in each cadet that they CAN DO

To teach cadets the public speaking skills needed for future success

To have cadets participate in community service


The fire service is a semi-military organization.  Many terms and ideas come from the military and are used in the fire service on a daily basis.

The United States Marine Corps teaches the importance of military discipline to it’s new Marines as they enter Boot Camp.

This same discipline can and is applied in the fire service to try to achieve the same results.

Military discipline is a state of order and obedience among military and fire service personnel resulting from training.

When speaking of discipline in the military or in the fire service, we do not refer to regulation, punishment, or a state of subservience.

What we mean is an exact execution of orders resulting from an intelligent, willing obedience rather that one based solely on habit or fear.

Habit plays its part, however, and for this reason firefighters benefit from such things as hose lays, ladder drills, proficiency exercises and other drills.

Punishment of individuals for breach of discipline is sometimes necessary, but only to reform or eliminate those who are unfit to serve on the team.

Discipline is necessary to secure orderly action, which alone can triumph over seemingly conditions of battle.

The individual must be able to recognize and face fear because fear is the enemy of discipline.

Fear unchecked will lead to panic and a unit that panics is no longer a disciplined unit but a mob.

There is no sane person who is without fear but with good discipline and high moral can face danger

Some firefighters do not appreciate the necessary for discipline until they have undergone a close call at a fire.

However, when a firefighter learns to be disciplined, they have learned a sense of obligation to themselves, their fellow firefighters, their company commander and their fire department.

They have learned that they are a member of a team that is organized, trained and equipped for the purpose of controlling a dangerous and stressful situation like a fire.

The final objective of discipline is effectiveness in firefighting – to make sure that a unit performs correctly at a fire, that it reaches its objectives, performs its assigned mission and helps others to accomplish their mission.

It is too late to learn discipline during a fire or emergency.  It must be learned in training.

So it is imperative to Drill Drill Drill Drill!