12 recruits graduate from North Las Vegas Fire Academy

NLVFD academy graduates pose in front of a fire truckTwelve new firefighters graduated from the North Las Vegas Fire Academy, expanding the department and increasing service to constituents. 

The nine probationary firefighters and three firefighter-paramedics will undergo thorough training and evaluation for the next six to eight months and will serve constituents from eight stations located throughout North Las Vegas.

“These twelve individuals have committed the next 20-30 years of their lives in service to our community,” North Las Vegas Fire Chief Joseph Calhoun said. “They have learned an extraordinary amount of lifesaving skills throughout the academy, but the most important lesson learned is that the responsibility that comes with their badge is immense and not to be taken lightly.”

The new firefighters and paramedics join an elite corp of North Las Vegas first responders. When applications opened, over 1,000 candidates applied. 

North Las Vegas Fire Academy graduates complete an intense 20-week academy that introduces them to the basics of firefighting, emergency medical service (EMS) training, hazardous materials training, vehicle extrication, leadership, customer service and community engagement. 

The graduates were celebrated with a badge pinning and swearing-in ceremony held in North Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers. 

Individuals interested in applying for the next North Las Vegas Fire Department recruit class should visit cityofnorthlasvegas.com as well as follow the North Las Vegas Fire Department on social media.