In 24 minutes, the Las Vegas Fire Department received the maximum 500 applications for the firefighter trainee program after the job was posted on the city’s website at 7:30 a.m. today, reports The Las Vegas Sun.
About two dozen people will be selected to enter the department’s academy and ultimately become firefighters upon graduating.
Applicants, who must have Emergency Medical Technician certification and a high school diploma or equivalent, will continue the competitive process with a written exam that is scheduled for July 22-25.
Candidates identified to move forward will take a physical ability test.
The city hadn’t planned to recruit more firefighters this summer but decided to do so after a cheating scandal in the previous class led to 14 recruits not graduating in February.
The entire class was dismissed after suspicions of cheating were raised on a written exam, costing the city $718,984, or $51,356 per recruit, in salaries, benefits and training costs.
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