Academics are an integral part of every recruit fire academy. Successful
recruits should expect to study every night of the week. Weekends should be
used for review of previously covered material and to pre-read for the next
week. Recruits must understand that the fire academy is a cumulative program of
study and each area of instruction builds upon the one before it. Keeping this
in mind, tests may include any and all material that has been covered up to the
day of the test regardless of date or time presented.
Clark County Fire Department requires recruits to score a minimum of 80% on all
written exams and quizzes. Failure to achieve a passing score on three exams
over the duration of the fire academy will result in termination. Recruits are
also required to score a minimum of 80% on all Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
exams and quizzes. This includes, but is not limited to, Southern Nevada Health
District Protocol exams and skills assessment. Recruits are also required to
maintain a minimum cumulative academy grade of 80% throughout the duration of
the fire academy.
Along with bookwork recruits will be tested on their ability to perform fire
ground skills and on their physical fitness. Recruits must successfully pass
all 15 skills benchmark exams. Recruits will be allowed 3 attempts to pass each
benchmark. Failure to successfully complete the skills benchmark within 3
attempts will result in termination. During the last week of the fire academy
recruits will be tested on their physical fitness. A skills and manipulation
course will be set-up and recruits will be graded on their individual time
needed to complete the course. Failure of this exam only occurs if the recruit
is unable to complete the course.
Recruits will also be tested on Clark County Fire Department Rules &
Regulations, Standard Operating Procedures, and other fire department policies
in conjunction with their regular textbook work.