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How To Become a Firefighter in Nevada (NV)

This guide will teach you how to become a firefighter in Nevada (NV). The process is rather similar to what you can expect in other states, however it’s always worth knowing the details, as becoming a Nevada firefighter is relatively difficult.

Requirements To Become a Firefighter in Nevada

The following minimumn requirements must be met for anyone hoping to become a firefighter in NV:

  • Must have a high school diploma or an equivalent.
  • A valid Nevada driving license (class “C”) is required.
  • Perfect 20/20 eye vision is required (corrected or natural – doesn’t matter).
  • Must have a healthy BMI (body weight to height proportions) – can’t be overweight.
  • Must have never been convicted of a felony.
  • Must be in excellent physical shape.
  • Must not use tobbaco in any form.
  • Complete Basic EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) training.
  • Must be free of drugs (tests will be done prior to hiring, as well as random tests during service).

While going through fire academy is not an official requirement, candidates with prior fire training are always preferred during the recruitement process; you can of course try to apply without any prior fire training just to see how far you can get – who knows, maybe you’ll get lucky. Plus, Nevada fire departments do train their firefighters after they have been hired (during their probation period).

What Tests Do You Have To Pass To Become a Firefigher in Nevada (NV)?

After you fill out an application at a specific Nevada fire department, and if you meet the department’s minimum requirements, the testing process begins:

  1. You will undergo a written exam that will test your knowledge about the fire service, equipment used, basic math and map reading skills, and so forth.
  2. A CPAT (Physical ability test) will be conducted, focusing mostly on pulmonary tests. A psychological evaluation will be conducted by a physician as well to determine whether you are mentally fit for the duties of a Nevada firefighter.
  3. If you pass both tests above with flying colors, you’ll be invited to a live interview conducted by a board of up to 5 fire department chiefs or captains. The board will attempt to learn as much as they can about you, and about your overall knowledge of the fire service in general. A medical evaluation will be conducted at this point as well.
  4. If you pass your oral interview and medical checks, an extremely thorough background check will be conducted by the fire department; they’ll contact your family members, friends, and check whether you’ve ever been convicted of a felony. If they are not happy with what they learn, you will be dismissed.
  5. If all of the above goes fine, a suitability examination will be conducted; here is an example of what such a test might look like.

Nevada Fire Academies And Exam Preparation Books

Here are some great books to get to help you prepare for the written exam conducted by the Nevada fire department:

Firefighter Exam: The Complete Preparation Guide by Learning Express.
Firefighter’s Handbook: Essentials of Firefighting and Emergency Response, Second Edition by Delmar Thomson Learning

Below is also a list of some of the best fire academies in Nevada:

Remember that completing some form of firefighter training is not a requirement for becoming a firefighter in Nevada; you can do all the learning yourself if you have the means, though keep in mind that quite a few candidates will have a year or two of firefighter training behind them before they apply.

Fire Departments in Nevada (NV)

You can locate an up to date list of all Nevada fire departments, including contact details and number of employed and volunteer firefighters by clicking here. Get in touch with the Nevada department of your choice and inquire about their hiring schedule.

How To Become a Firefighter in Las Vegas

In order to become a firefighter in Las Vegas, you’ll have to follow the steps and fulfill the requirements as outlined for the state of Nevada in this article. Use the list linked to above to find fire departments located specifically in or next to Las Vegas so that you can apply to them once you are ready. There’s a lot of work to be done by firefighters in Las Vegas, most of which has to do with the exceptionally hot temperatures in the area.

How To Become a Volunteer Firefighter In The State of Nevada?

For starters, not all fire departments in Nevada are looking for volunteers (though a significant number is). Your best bet is using the list of NV fire departments provided under the link above; next to each department you’ll find information on whether they accept volunteer firefighters or not. If they do, get in touch with the department and ask about the requirements, as they can vary significantly from one department to another. Overall though, becoming a volunteer Illinois firefighter is much easier than becoming a professional one, plus you’ll have a significantly higher chance of being hired full time in the future if you have prior volunteer work under your belt.

Average Firefighter Earnings in Nevada

Depending on the exact location in Nevada, a firefighter level I can expect a starting salary of around $45,000 a year, give or take. Additionally, NV firefighters benefit from exceptional health insurance, disability insurance, longevity pay, paid vacation, and fantastic retirement benefits, among other things including optional dental plants and more.

How To Become a Firefighter in Nevada – Summary

We hope this guide has been helpful. If you still have questions, or if any part of the process of becoming a Nevada firefighter is unclear, please leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to help and provide you with references.

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