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South Haven Area Emergency Services launches cadet program

Posted at 8:59 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 21:24:13-05

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — South Haven Area Emergency Services is launching a cadet program in the coming months that will introduce participants to the firefighting and emergency medical service professions, according to a news release Wednesday.

Cadet prospects will attend training, respond to emergency calls as an observer and help at events and fundraisers.


Beginning in September, South Haven Area Emergency Services will sponsor cadets for the state certifications required to become a firefighter.

“We are excited about this new opportunity to serve the young people in our community,” SHAES Executive Director Brandon Hinz said. “And who doesn’t want to be a firefighter...really?!”

Interested cadet prospects may live outside the SHAES service area, which includes the City of South Haven, Casco Township, Geneva Township and South Haven Township.

Those under the age of 18 will need a valid driver’s license and a signed work permit from their school.

Minors will also need a signed parent/guardian permission slip allowing SHAES to conduct a background check.

The number of cadets will be limited, though the department did not say how many prospects will be accepted.

Anyone interested in applying can email Chief Hinz at or visit their website.