Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How to become a Las Vegas Firefighter

To get a job as a Firefighter for the fabulous city of Las Vegas is no easy task. Like most major cities, there is a strict detailed process that most be followed. First off, the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue only offers testing opportunity every two years. The results for that testing will generate a list of prospective candidates and will be utilized for candidate selection for a two-year period.

Minimum qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Current Valid Driver’s License

  • Must be 18 years old

  • EMT-Basic certification


  1. Submit a completed application per the rules for the position of firefighter trainee. Applications can be picked up in person or downloaded. Do not fax a completed appilcation to the department.

  2. Take the written examination and score 90% or better to advance to the the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). The CPAT is a pass or fail test.

  3. Only the most qualified candidates will advance after the CPAT. The next phase is an Oral Interview.

  4. After the Oral Interview the department will perform a Criminal and Personal Background Check.

  5. Next will be a "Suitability Assessment" or basically a psychological exam. This is the phase that usually washes out the most candidates! Answer each question truthfully. Only answer the question that is asked. Do not volunteer more information than you need to answer the question.

  6. Once you are offered a job, you only need to pass a Medical Exam.


  • Bring $15 cash with you when you take your written examination.

  • If you live in the local area you MUST deliver your application in person.


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