Starting today, five local governments are launching an interagency regional recruitment drive for citizens interested in becoming firefighters with their area fire departments.
The partners in this first-of-its kind regional recruitment drive include the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department, Clark County’s Fire Department, and the North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City Fire Departments. Job seekers interested in a fire service career with one of the participating agencies can visit www.snvfirerecruitment.com to learn more about the recruitment effort and apply for jobs.
Applications will be accepted online only through the www.snvfirerecruitment.com website beginning Monday, Oct. 27, through Wednesday, Nov. 26. The city of Las Vegas is hosting the website and will forward applications to partnering agencies. The candidates who successfully complete the application and testing process, will be forwarded to fire departments for consideration as openings occur within their departments for the next year.
In addition, a series of outreach sessions will be held to help interested applicants learn about the different fire departments and address important dates for the recruitment effort, the application process, employment requirements, the testing process, test-taking tips and available positions. The joint recruitment saves local governments the cost of doing independent recruitment efforts and is more efficient for candidates because they can apply with more than one agency from the same application.
“Becoming a firefighter is a highly competitive process,” said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington. “This is an exciting initiative because it saves time, taxpayer money, and is expected to result in a large, diverse group of strong candidates to choose from when our department has openings.”
“The Las Vegas valley is nationally recognized as being among the best when it comes to emergency response and fire services, and this new process will allow us to continue to find top recruits,” said Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Chief William McDonald. “Working together we can streamline processes and make better use of tax dollars.”
North Las Vegas Fire Chief Jeff Lytle stated that “This newly formed joint partnership between agencies demonstrates the strength and commitment of the fire service in this valley. It will not only benefit all the fire departments involved, but the residents we serve on a daily basis.”
“This regional approach to firefighter recruitment is another example of efficiency through cooperation to best utilize our resources,” said Henderson Fire Chief Steven Goble. “Recruitment is a decision that impacts
our organization through the entire career of a firefighter and having a diverse pool of qualified candidates is essential for our highly selective hiring process.”
The outreach sessions will include three regional sessions with staff from the participating fire department agencies and human resources departments. Additional local/neighborhood sessions also will be
held by Clark County and the city of Las Vegas. The same information will generally be offered at each session. Candidates are encouraged to attend at least one session; however, should keep in mind that seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The schedule for outreach events is as follows:
Regional Outreach Events
• Monday, Aug. 25, 1-3 p.m., Clark County Government Center Commission Chambers at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. in downtown Las Vegas. The session will be recorded for playback and viewing on the www.snvfirerecruitment.com website. The session also can be viewed live as it occurs on the agenda page of Clark County’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.
• Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1-3 p.m., College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne campus auditorium at 3200 East Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas
• Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m., North Las Vegas City Hall, 2250 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Local/Neighborhood Outreach Sessions
• Thursday, Aug. 28, 1-3 p.m, Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St.
• Friday, Sept. 5, 2-4 p.m., Desert Breeze Recreation Center, 8275 W Spring Rd.
• Thursday, Sept. 18, 9-11 a.m., Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St.
• Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2-4 p.m., Hollywood Recreation Center, 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd.
• Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m., Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St.
• Friday, Oct. 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m., West Flamingo Senior Center, 6255 W. Flamingo Road
• Wednesday, Oct 29, 2-4 p.m., Sunset Park Office Conference Room, 2601 E Sunset Rd.
• Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2-4 p.m., Mountain Crest Park Center, 4701 N Durango
• Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2-4 p.m., Robert Bob Price Community Center, 2050 Bonnie Lane
A public service announcement about the recruitment effort also will air on Clark County Television CCTV and KCLV, Channel 2, the city’s government access channel. Several informational items will be featured on the snvfirerecruitment.com website. From Aug. 26-Oct. 1 the site will host an ongoing Crowd Hall question and answer session about the recruitment drive.